Waitangi Day in Timaru District

We love a day off work and school!  If you're looking for inspiration for outings and activities in Timaru District, you've come to the right place.

There are so many fantastic places to wine and dine, we have walk and bike tracks galore, and loads of options for free family fun.

Here are some other ideas to get you started.

1. Go to Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre's Open Day

Te Ana are having an open day from 10am - 3pm, all welcome, gold coin donation.

Join local Ngāi Tahu guides on a journey through the history and culture of their ancestors at the state of the art, immersive cultural centre, Te Ana. This interactive, informative and fascinating experience is not to be missed.

2. Enjoy the excitement of The Great Moscow Circus

After 20 years, the world's most renowned production is making an extravagant return to New Zealand.

The Great Moscow Circus has scoured the globe to find an array of enchanting acrobatics, slapstick comedy that will have you in fits, breathtaking stunts including the famous Splitting Globe Of Death, FMX jumps beneath the big top and that’s not all…

Held in Timaru adjacent to the Ara Institute of Canterbury from the 6th to the 16th of February.  Tickets available here.

3. Head along to the Waitangi Whānau Fun Day

A free community event open to everyone, hosted by Te Aitarakihi Trust and Aoraki Migrant Centre. Come along to learn about the Treaty in a fun way along with other activities. Bring a picnic lunch, find a possie and join in the activities.

Come for the whole day or call in for a short time.
10.30am – 2pm
Te Aitiarakihi Multicultural Centre
50 Bridge Road, Timaru

4. Go out for a delicious summer meal

Check out our latest food blog for some summer inspired meals, this list is not exhaustive, there are so many amazing eateries in Timaru District.

5. Play a round of disc golf

We have two options for disc golf in Timaru now; at Caroline Bay or at West End Park.  It's  played much like traditional golf, except a disc (frisbee) is thrown into a basket.

6. Go swimming at Te Moana Gorge

Te Moana Gorge is a beautiful pocket of native bush, with a spectacular waterfall and walking tracks just out of Geraldine.  The water is good to swim in, and keep an eye out for our native long tail bats.

7. Interact with the cute animals at Famlan Farm Park

Go hang out with the menagerie at Famlan Farm Park.  They have so many gorgeous friendly animals, it's the ideal outing for animal lovers of all ages.  Among the animals you'll get to hang out with are rabbits, goats, alpacas, pigs, and ponies.

The reviews on TripAdvisor are fantastic.  Open from 10am - 3.30pm.

8. Check out the current exhibitions at the Aigantighe Art Gallery

Timaru’s Aigantighe Art Gallery on Wai-iti Road is home to an extensive permanent collection of New Zealand and international art.  Plus there are two really good exhibitions to check out at the Aigantighe currently.

9. Spend the day at Peel Forest

Take your pick of shorter bush walks with waterfalls, or climb a mountain and be back in time for lunch!  If you’re hungry and thirsty when you finish we recommend stopping at The Green Man at Peel Forest licensed cafe in the heart of Peel Forest Village, open from 10am - 3pm on Waitangi Day.


If you exhaust all the activities on this list,  there's plenty more ideas on this website.  Alternatively download the Timaru App to your mobile and get making plans.  Have a safe and FUN Waitangi Day.