Sustainable Tourism

Welcome to Timaru District

We hope you have a fantastic visit!  You've come to the right place to find out how to eat, shop, and play here in the most sustainable way.

We're committed to sustainable tourism, and we're fortunate to have so many people here committed to exploring more sustainable ways of living and doing business.

Where ever you go in Aotearoa please be mindful of not contributing to landfill.  There are plenty of places selling reusable cups and containers, including our epic second hand stores.


The Aotearoa Cafe Guide and UYO

The Aotearoa Cafe Guide, a fantastic initiative that started in Dunedin, helps you find cafes that are actively working to reduce their environmental footprint.  These awesome establishments welcome the use of your own cups, cutlery, containers and more.

To find your nearest 'use-your-own' friendly cafe head to their website and search your area.

Check out our cafe heroes in Timaru and Geraldine.


Please travel with a refillable water bottle, and we'll fill it up for free

Refill NZ are travelling around the country signing up cafes, restaurants and other businesses to be refill stations.  Which means these businesses will happily fill up your water bottles for free.

You can find your nearest refill station here, just enter your location.