Travelling to and from Timaru

Timaru, in South Canterbury, is just two hours’ drive from Christchurch – and a direct flight from the country’s capital Wellington.


You can get here by bus or coach. There are services to and from Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Te Anau.


Air New Zealand offers daily direct flights from Timaru to Wellington. You can connect to the country’s main centres and international flights from there. Timaru Airport is about eight kilometres north of Timaru township.


We’re an easy drive along State Highway 1 from Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin. Timaru is also en route to the MacKenzie Country and Aoraki Mt Cook.

General visitor info

For more information on travelling to and from Timaru and the best routes to take, drop in to the Timaru Information Centre, the visitor centre opposite the train station.

Go there for maps, transport bookings and internet access.

Timaru Information Centre
2 George Street, Timaru

8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
10.00am – 3.00pm, Saturday to Sunday

03 688 44 52

Geraldine Visitor Centre

Kiwi Country Complex
Cnr Waihi Tce & Jollie St
Geraldine 7930
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 693 1101
Fax: +64 3 693 7127

Temuka Information Centre

72 - 74 King St, Temuka
Tel: +64 3 687 7591
Fax: + 64 3 615 9538