Where to Stay in Timaru – A Guide to this New Zealand City
Timaru is a coastal and port city that lies between Christchurch and Dunedin, in New Zealand, in the Canterbury region.
It is believed that its name translates to “place of shelter” because many visit this city to disconnect from the world and immerse themselves in a peaceful environment, with beaches, parks and museums.
It is possible to reach this city through its small airport, equipped for short-distance domestic flights, as well as by bus, ferry or train.
The centre of Timaru can be easily reached on foot, but the city also has buses to move to other areas.
Most of New Zealand is close to the coast, which means that temperatures are mild in almost all of its cities. However, the best time of year to visit Timaru is from the beginning of January to the beginning of March, when the weather is ideal for outdoor activities.
The city centre stands out among the best areas to stay in Timaru for its streets full of shops, Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco and Art Nouveau buildings, as well as hotels of all kinds (See accommodation in Timaru City Centre).
Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Timaru, New Zealand.
The Best Areas to Stay in Timaru
1. Our Favourite Area: Timaru City Centre
Timaru City Centre stands out for housing beautiful Victorian and Edwardian buildings made of blue volcanic limestone, typical of the South Island of New Zealand.
Here is the Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre, where you can learn about Maori legends and admire rock art from the area.
From the centre of Timaru, you can quickly and easily reach Caroline Bay beach, surrounded by restaurants, cafes and boutiques.
Other places to visit in the centre of Timaru are the Aigantighe Art Gallery and the botanical garden, with an exhibition of roses and ferns native to the area.
In Timaru City Centre, like all of New Zealand, there are affordable accommodation alternatives to suit any budget.
This is, without a doubt, the best area to stay in Timaru, for shopping, sightseeing and business trips.
Why We Love This Area for a Stay in Timaru:
- Heart of the city
- Best area for sightseeing
- Good public transport connections
Accommodation in This Area
Parklands Motor Lodge
Located just 5 minutes’ drive from Caroline Bay Beach, this motel offers rooms and apartments with a hot tub and a fully equipped kitchen.
Glenmark Holiday Park
Located in Timaru, Glenmark Holiday Park has a seasonal outdoor pool, garden and shared lounge area. The property has a 24-hour reception and a children’s playground.
Avenue Motor Lodge
Located just 1 km from the center of Timaru, Avenue Motor Lodge offers spacious and modern studios and apartments with satellite TV and a private balcony or patio.
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