Short walks in Timaru district

Our district has plenty of short tracks for little legs, as well as more substantial hikes for experienced walkers.

Caroline Bay Walk

Caroline Bay Walk, a 45-minute return track from the city to the clifftop for a view along Caroline Bay.

South Beach Coastal Track

South Beach Coastal Track, take a 20-minute walk along the Timaru harbour.

Follow the edge of the bay to see stunning views of Caroline Bay, the Port and Timaru and the chance to spot a penguin or a seal.

This stunning walk, Dashing Rocks is one you wont want to miss!

Otipua Wetlands has a wide variety of native trees, tussocks and sedges planted in a forest with a four hectare lake and a variety of native birds to marvel upon. Come and explore the beauty of our native wetlands for yourself.

Centennial Park

Centennial Park is Timaru’s main city reserve, with several walking and biking tracks.

Set in a small valley and native bush, the reserve has a small lake and carpark, with a stream running through its centre.

It was quarried for rocks for harbour works in both the 19th and 20th centuries.

Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve

Further afield, Geraldine has four ideal family walks taking between 5 – 10 minutes within the Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve.

You’ll have to leave your dog behind for these walks.

Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

About 20 kilometres north of Geraldine is the Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve, a large reserve covering 783 hectares around Little Mt Peel.

Here, you’ll find a variety of tracks from a short 30-minute walk past large forest trees to a two-to-three hour ascent of Little Mt Peel.

For more on Mt Peel, read the Department of Conservation’s brochure on walks in the area.