Currency and cash
Our major banks are:
- ANZ, 211 Stafford Street, Timaru
- ASB, 242 Stafford Street, Timaru
- BNZ, 247 Stafford Street, Timaru
- SBS, 248 Stafford Street, Timaru
- Westpac, 243 Stafford Street, Timaru
- Kiwibank, 21 Strathallan Street, Timaru
All these banks have ATM machines. Banks can only exchange foreign currency into NZ dollars with a valid passport.
Vehicle hire & taxis
On cruise days a bus shuttle service operates from the port to the Visitor Information Centre in the Centre of Timaru. Taxis and driver/guide services can be booked at the Visitor Information Centre.
There is one taxi business in Timaru: Timaru Taxis (03) 688 8899. Taxis can be ordered by phone, or through the Information Centre.
Please note Taxi cabs cannot be hailed from the footpath.
Local rental car companies:
Free WiFi is available in locations in Timaru, Temuka and Caroline Bay. This service is free to everyone, with a daily limit of 500MB per device.
Wifi is also available at Timaru District Libraries – Timaru City, Temuka, Geraldine.
Many cafes in Timaru District offer free wifi to customers.
St Mary’s, 24 Church St, 8am and 10am Sunday.
Sacred Heart Basilica, 7 Craigie Ave, 9am and 5pm Sunday.
Trinity Church, 22 College Rd, 9.30am Sunday.
Wilson Street Baptist Church, 17 Wilson St, 10am Sunday.
Life Church Timaru:
134 Morgans Road, 10am Sunday.
7 Elizabeth Street, 10am Sunday.
Seventh Day Adventist:
Timaru Adventist Church, 19 Rathmore Street, 11am Saturday.
Timaru Corps, 206 Wai-iti Road, 10.30am Sunday.
Timaru Public Hospital is a fully serviced hospital with an Emergency Department.
Queen Street, Parkside, Timaru. Phone 03 687 2100
Open during business hours (Monday – Friday 9am - 5.30pm).
For extended hours and on public holidays visit Ashbury Pharmacy, 98 Evans Street 03 688 9736.
Open 9am – 6pm every day and from 1pm - 6pm on public holidays.
The Central Business Districts of Timaru, Geraldine and Temuka are home to the main shopping areas of the towns.
In Timaru you will find a range of national chain stores and locally owned boutique shops. Timaru has two main suburban shopping areas; Northtown Mall on Evans Street, and Highfield Mall on Wai-iti Road.
In Temuka and Geraldine there is more of a focus on locally owned shops.
The Timaru Farmers Market is held Saturdays from 9am – midday, at Community House car park 27 Strathallan St.
The Geraldine Farmers Market runs from October – April each year. Saturday 9am -12.30pm at St Mary’s Church car park, Talbot St, Geraldine.