8 things we love about Caroline Bay
It’s great year-round
Caroline Bay is great to visit any time of year. In summer, it comes alive with the Festival of Roses in November and the big summer carnival in December.
In winter, it’s framed by a wonderful backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
There’s something at Caroline Bay for everyone – there’s a playground for kids, outdoor bbqs, gym equipment and volleyball courts.
You can play mini golf, whack a tennis ball around, skate to your heart’s content and take a ride on a small train. There’s public artwork and plenty of car parking too.
Bike it, swim it, walk it – you can do the lot
Caroline Bay is a sizeable area of around 210 hectares – with plenty of parkland dedicated to biking and walking tracks.
The Caroline Bay Walk is a 45-minute return track from the city to the clifftop for a view along Caroline Bay.
The South Beach Coastal Track is a 20-minute walk along the Timaru harbour. It's sheltered too - so great for swimming.
Native wildlife lives here
There’s a resident rookery of penguins in the rocks of Caroline Bay, plenty of native birds and it’s not uncommon to see a big old New Zealand fur seal soaking up the sun on the foreshore.
It’s got history
They say the name ‘Caroline Bay’ comes from an early whaling ship that came to Timaru in the 1830s.
Free outdoor concerts
The park’s outdoor soundshell is great for summer concerts for crowds of up to 2,000 people.
It’s dog friendly
Between April and September Caroline Bay becomes a place dogs love too. That’s the time of the year we’re allowed to exercise dogs off their leash.
It’s one of New Zealand’s most loved beaches!
A couple of years ago ‘the bay’ (as it’s known locally) was recognised as one of the 10 most-loved beaches in New Zealand in an AA poll.
More than 600,000 votes were cast for 200 Kiwi beaches.
There are plenty of parking options. You can drive down the port loop, turn left onto Marine Parade and find car parking. Or to access the parking at the other end of the beach head down Virtue Ave. More directions here.