The best free family activities in Timaru District
Having a great family day out in Timaru doesn't have to cost a lot, or anything for that matter.....
Get the family out and about with these epic free activities, organised by the volunteers at Wuhoo Timaru.
WuHoo Scavenger Hunts: Head to the Timaru Information Centre to pick up the scavenger map for the Timaru Botanic Gardens. This is a new free initiative to get kids away from their screens and out into nature.
Wuhoo Sculpture Hunt: Head to the amazing Aigantighe Art Gallery to pick up this map, that takes you around Timaru City's sculptures.
Head to the Wuhoo Timaru website to find out more and be inspired to get out into nature and have fun!
Head to the ocean and walk the shoreline of Caroline Bay – voted New Zealand’s fourth best beach by AA Travellers.
The sheltered, sandy beach is a great spot any time of the day. If you’ve got kids, you might want to make a detour to the playground. It’s a great place to check out public artworks.
If you’re visiting in winter, be sure to look over the sea at the snow-capped mountains in the distance. It’ll take your breath away..
You might want to check out one of Timaru’s many cycle tracks.
You can hire a bike locally from The Cyclery if you haven’t got your own set of wheels. Or grab your bike and head to Centennial Park on Otipua Road. It’ll take five minutes in the car and about 15 minutes to bike there.
The park is huge – and has enough tracks to keep you busy for hours.
It’s probably time to head indoors after all that outdoor activity. The Aigantighe Art Gallery is a great place to check out.
Located on Wai-Iti Road, the gallery is home to an impressive public art collection. There’s always plenty on for the kids. Its park-like grounds are great for a wander among sculpture.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm, weekends 12 – 4pm.
These gorgeous little locals love Caroline Bay as much as everyone else. You might be able to see them all year round, but it differs from season to season. If you do want to visit, head to Marine Parade on dusk or after dark.
Please give the Korora space, admire them from a safe distance. We love our penguins!
Washdyke Lagoon is an amazing place to explore. You can drive down Bridge Rd and park after the railway underpass bridge. Cross the stile and follow a track to the right and you'll come across the rock pools. You'll find crabs, starfish and other little creatures. These are among the best rock pools on the east coast of the South Island. You'll need to go at low tide.
The track passes layers of volcanic rock where an old lava stream met the sea and the old World War 2 gun emplacements from the lower track. The area is beautiful on a stormy day with waves battering the coast. Check out the birds and the rest of the lagoon while you're there