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For a family friendly holiday base, romantic hideaway or replenishing short break, South Canterbury offers great visitor experiences. z Sweeping plains, rolling hills, braided rivers and unspoilt coastline make this refreshing natural environment popular for holidays, recreation and all types of sporting pursuits. From white water rafting, horse riding, walking or mountain-biking to exploring our Food & Wine trail, shopping or relaxing in our friendly cafes and restaurants, South Canterbury offers it all. The Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre, a world-class cultural attraction based within the Timaru i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, proudly hosts the world’s biggest collection and some of New Zealand’s most significant examples of Maori Rock Art.

Once you’ve experienced Te Ana, take a Rock Art tour with a Ngai Tahu guide for your own personal and up close encounter with these ancient art forms. From the awe inspiring peak of Aoraki Mount Cook to the sandy beaches of Caroline Bay, South Canterbury is fresh, vibrant, forward looking and full of surprises. Spend time in central Timaru or explore further afield to nearby Geraldine, Peel Forest, Pleasant Point, Temuka or Waimate - you'll find plenty of activities, attractions and points of interest along the way. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Contents Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre Rangitata Rafts / Peel Forest Lodge & Horse Treks Four Peaks High Country Track / Alps2Ocean The Tin Shed / South Canterbury Tours Glendeer Fly Fishing / Stonebridge Function Centre Temuka Pottery South Canterbury Food & Wine Trail

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Conferences & Events Itinerary Ideas Accommodation Regional Highlights Don’t Miss Trade & Media Image Library Contacts

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For further information about any content in this document or on the Discover South Canterbury regional information pen drive, please contact:

Katerina Tiscenko Tourism Manager Aoraki Development Business & Tourism

2 George Street PO Box 524 Timaru New Zealand

Email: Phone: +64 3 687 9996 Fax: +64 3 687 9992

The information supplied here is general in nature and is intended as a guide only. Aoraki Development Business & Tourism takes care to ensure that the information it provides is of the highest quality. However, we can not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided and accept no liability for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of reliance on the information.



Trade Ready Operators

Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre

Long known for its rolling hills, stunning mountain views and relaxed pace of life, the South Canterbury region hides a lesser known secret of enormous cultural and historical significance. Ancient limestone caves and overhanging rock shelves have formed hundreds of natural art galleries. A large number of New Zealand’s remaining ancient Maori Rock Art sites (approximately 300 sites) lie within a 70km radius of Timaru, Aoraki South Canterbury. The Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre, based within the Timaru i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, is an interpretive cultural centre of international significance. The Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre provides accessible, meaningful and authentic cultural interpretation for some of New Zealand's most significant examples of Maori rock art. Visitors to the centre follow the same paths as the people who created the rock art - a journey through time, seasons, earthly and spiritual worlds.

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a rare, personal insight into the region’s rich Maori cultural heritage and mythology

Group Tours by Arrangement There are several iconic Maori Rock Art sites located within an easy drive from the Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre. Tour or group packages can be designed to suit specific requirements, including preferred route, travel times and budget. Tours can cater for groups of Groups of 4 – 45+, with 2 or 4 hour options and travel by mini bus or coach. For self-drive visitors, tour options can be tailored to suit individual requirements and guides can meet visitors at site for a personal interpretive experience. Other items of interest, such as local geological or historic points of interest, can be included in tours. •

exclusive access to private iconic sites

groups of 4 – 45+

half or full day options

mini bus or coach

self drive option (meet guide at Rock Art site)

departure ex Timaru

an educational, “virtual” rock art experience providing insight into Ngai Tahu culture and heritage

manawhenua stories told by manawhenua (local Ngai Tahu people)

Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre experience (1 hour)

Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre & Tour (half day / full day)

a centre designed to directly contribute to the protection and management of rock art sites for future generations

Lunch / Centre / Tour packages (e.g. local winery lunch stop or local restaurant)

high quality, authentic Ngai Tahu merchandise

overnight package options; (hotel/motel/B&B).

tours to rock art sites led by Ngai Tahu guides.

Contact: Amanda Symons • Website: • Email: • Phone: 03 687 7372



Trade Ready Operators

Rangitata Rafts

Rangitata Rafts has all the ingredients to create the perfect recipe for one of New Zealand’s most exciting rafting adventures. Combine spectacular Lord of the Rings scenery with some of New Zealand’s most thrilling stretches of grade 1 – grade 5 white water for twoand-a-half hours, add delicious meals and an amazing atmosphere, and you’ll understand why our rafting adventures are so popular. Rangitata Rafts is the only operator on this unique stretch of river and offers longer time on the river than most other New Zealand one-day rafting trips. Towards the end of your experience we allow time for you to float in the calmer turquoise waters, surf the rafts in the smaller rapids and take an optional ‘leap of faith’ from a jump rock.

No previous experience necessary - full training is provided as the rapids progressively gain excitement from grades 1 – 5, with the option to walk around any rapids. Minimum age 15 years and reasonable standard of fitness is required. Lower river options provide a fun introduction to rafting suitable for families and those interested in a more sedate river experience.

Only one hour’s drive from Timaru, we are also the ideal adventure stop when travelling between Christchurch and Queenstown. Contact: Jason Walker and Steven Anderson • Website: • Email: • Phone: 0800 251 251

Peel Forest Lodge and Horse Treks

Peel Forest is one of the best kept secrets of South Canterbury. The small, sparsely inhabited settlement is an oasis of beauty and tranquillity set amid the dense virgin bush of Peel Forest Park, on the south bank of the Rangitata River. Surrounded by beautiful native forest in the foothills of South Canterbury, Peel Forest Lodge is the ideal place for a real New Zealand escape. Private, secluded and relaxing, the natural timber lodge is spacious and welcoming, offering self-catering accommodation, bed and breakfast on request, or full accommodation with meals. The main lodge offers two queen-size rooms and one twin, plus two generous living areas and a magnificent open stone fireplace. A separate cabin features a double room with bathroom facilities and a kitchenette, while a luxurious outdoor hot tub provides the perfect way to relax. Peel Forest Lodge is the ideal setting to sit back, relax and enjoy the ambience of the surrounding native forest and bird life, and a convenient base for exploring the region and its activities, whether you want a Grade 5 rafting trip or a quiet stroll to enjoy the local flora and fauna.

We also offer Peel Forest Horse Trekking and Peel Forest Safaris, both activities guaranteed to provide memorable experiences. Your horse trek gives you the opportunity to experience life before the car and enter a relaxed age, trekking through some of the most gorgeous countryside in South Canterbury. We have horses suitable for all age groups and all levels of experience, and our treks are tailor-made for each individual. Peel Forest Lodge and Horse Trekking are only 90 minutes drive south from Christchurch, and 45 minutes from Timaru, just 7km off the main road. Find the turn-off on the Inland Scenic Route (HW72) en route from Christchurch to Mt Cook and Queenstown.

Contact: Pennie & Bert How • Website: • Email: • Phone: 0800 022 536



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Four Peaks High Country Track Four Peaks High Country Track is a unique walking, tramping, or mountain biking experience, situated on our working high country sheep station 15 kilometres west of Geraldine and 2 hours south of Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand. This 3 day/ 3 night track is a spectacular opportunity to experience the great outdoor paradise of the South Island high country. The walking track covers a 40 kilometre round trip over Four Peaks Station following the route taken by pioneering farmers and musterers in the 1850s when sheep were first farmed in the area. The mountain bike trip is about 60 kilometres, following 4-wheel drive tracks. The Track season is from November - April and is limited to 8 walkers or bikers per day. Limiting the number of walkers or mountain bikers to a maximum of 8 per day ensures you experience the peace and tranquillity of the Four Peaks high country environment, and prevents disruption to the stock being farmed there.

Now available is the Pack Run which is a personally guided 4-wheel drive over Four Peaks Station, including a high country picnic for lunch. This is aptly named as the run may include picking up packs along the way and dropping them off at the next hut, en route. Full day excursion ex Timaru or Geraldine.

Contact: Jo McAtamney • Website: • Email: • Phone: 03 6854848

Alps 2 Ocean

Alps 2 Ocean guided adventure tours specialise in offering a range of personalised adventures for couples, small groups and families. Based out of Peel Forest, just one-and-a-half hours south of Christchurch, we focus on being flexible and tailoring trips to individual needs, therefore we rarely take groups of more than seven people, keeping our trips safe, small and personal. Mountain Biking: A range of trips to suit your experience and fitness levels – cycle down river valleys, through high country stations or along forest tracks. Try our downhill classic where you can cruise downhill for 95% of the ride.

Four-wheel-drive and scenic tours: We are happy to take you along on our bike trips or on four-wheel-drive tours of your choice. We offer a shuttle service or vehicle drop-off for the Te Araroa trail section from Lake Tekapo to Mesopotamia Station.

Hiking: Enjoy a guided hike through ancient native forest, explore up river valleys, or take in breath-taking views on subalpine tours. Learn about the area with a knowledgeable local guide.

Other information:

Kayaking: Explore the pristine rivers of our region on our personalised guided inflatable kayak trips. No experience is required for inflatable kayaks and the rivers - suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities, all you have to do is enjoy the scenery and go with the flow. Ask about our multi-day journeys where you can enjoy the full outdoor experience of camping beside the river, cooking over open fires, fishing, and just relaxing.

Ages: From 3 to 93. All trips personalised to your needs.

Pick-ups: Geraldine, Peel Forest or elsewhere by arrangement.

We provide: Woollen thermals, over-trousers and jackets and all safety gear and equipment.

What to bring: Change of underwear, a towel, and a smile.

Cameras: During each trip we take photographs on the way and give you a free CD at the finish.

Trip duration: Most trips 3-5 hours, shorter trips and multiday options available

Food: We provide home-baked lunches, snacks and complimentary drinks.

Contact: Wayne Keenan • Website: • Email: • Phone: 0800 425 772



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The Tin Shed The Tin Shed, situated on Highway 79 on the Geraldine – Mt Cook route (just past the Rangitata turn-off to Geraldine) offers relaxed country shopping in a friendly farm environment. Famous for our warm service, affordable prices and one of New Zealand’s best collections of merino wear, we also sell a wide range of high quality wool and possum fur products. Our farm setting, friendly animals and native gardens along with our outdoor juice and espresso trailer in the summer months makes The Tin Shed truly unique and well worth a stop en route to Geraldine or Mount Cook. Contact: Lesley Limbe • Website: • Email: • Phone: 0508 504 006

South Canterbury Tours South Canterbury Tours offer small, personally escorted tours for special interest and holiday or study groups in and around South Canterbury. Come for a day, stay for a week … we love hosting travellers and guests and you can be sure of a warm welcome from us and from our friendly neighbourhood homestay hosts. We offer themed tours: Food & Wine, Heritage & Culture, and ESOL Holiday Tours, but you can also pick and mix from all South Canterbury Tours highlights according to your tastes and time, and we’ll put a special tour together just for you. See our action-packed Day and Half Day Tour options if you're short on time - there's something for everyone and you're sure to want to return. With us, you get an insider’s guide to rural village life and the people and stories of the central South Island. We know our own backyard very well and love sharing it with visitors and international travellers. •

Heritage & Culture: Explore scenic South Canterbury past and present as we celebrate our rich Heritage & Culture including pioneer trail treasures and heroes, unique Maori rock art and gracious old country homes. Personally guided small group tours also take in farm visits and provide a real insight into pioneer life.

Day & Half Day Tours: Get a taste of South Canterbury with our action-packed Day and Half Day Tour options. Visit a farm, take in some of our famous pioneer and Maori historical sites, or just sit back and enjoy a scenic drive through lush green farmlands, majestic limestone country and spectacular river and gorge landscapes.

Food & Wine: Come on a Food & Wine odyssey with us and discover the pure tastes of South Canterbury, an area rich in beauty and fresh organic produce. Rolling green farmlands with magnificent alpine backdrops ensure our delicious food is fresh from sea, field, lake and river, just as nature intended.

ESOL Holiday Tours: The perfect way to meet real Kiwis at home, have fun and improve your English. Visit a farm, go horse-riding, have a picnic by the river, explore South Canterbury’s rich heritage and culture, and enjoy real Kiwi hospitality with your friendly homestay hosts. Informal language practice every day with an experienced and qualified ESOL teacher.

Contact: Keith and Jane MacKenzie • Website: • Email: • Phone: 03 6922 825



Trade Ready Operators

Glendeer Fly Fishing Guides and Lodge Glendeer Flying Fishing Guides has a fantastic reputation for producing world class fly-fishing adventures to anglers of all fishing levels, offering a selection of New Zealand's best fly-fishing rivers in the South Island back country. Fly-fishing to sighted large Brown and Rainbow trout is what Paul our guide specialises in, he has great energy, an approachable nature and works extremely well with all clients to insure an enjoyable and rewarding day for all. Also on offer is the Glendeer Lodge which is centrally located and lies just outside the township of Timaru on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. As a full time fly-fishing guide it’s great to be able to have this luxury accommodation to compliment our guiding operations for our fly-fishing guests and of course we extend a very warm welcome to all non fishing visitors. We also specialise in farm tours of South Canterbury and the Mckenzie back country, this is a great way to get off the beaten track if you are not a fishing client.

Contact: Jude and Paul McLauchlan • Website: • Email: • Phone: 03 686 9274

Stonebridge Function Centre

Set in several acres of rural, established landscaped gardens complete with miniature lake, Stonebridge Function Centre is ideal for any style of event, conference, exhibition, wedding, gala or expo. Only two minutes drive from the centre of picturesque and historic Geraldine village, we offer modern facilities with e-technical capabilities and stunning external night lighting to highlight beautiful garden and lake views.

Contact us to discuss how our purpose-built reception centre can help you create a special event that will deliver lasting memories. Onsite self-contained boutique accommodation for couples or up to 6 guests.

Contact: Carmel • Website: • Email: • Phone: 03 693 7912



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Skydiving Kiwis Skydiving Kiwis is the newest tandem skydiving experience in South Canterbury, located at the Rangitata Island Aerodrome ( Russell Brodie Ph: 03 693 8675) situated right next to the Rangitata River and only 15 minutes from Geraldine. Visitors can experience the thrill of freefall overlooking the amazing South Canterbury landscape, from alps to ocean including viewing sites where many scenes from the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. The team together have over 20 years experience and the instructors have more than 9000 jumps between them. Combine this experience with other activities at the Rangitata Island Aerodrome, including the thrill of piloting a light aeroplane with a fully qualified instructor or looking through the NZ Microlight Heritage museum with its unique collection of first generation mircolight aircraft.

Contact: Lee Barraclough • • Phone: 0800 359 549

Big Rock Canyons Big Rock Canyons is a new adventure tourism product for South Canterbury, offering various tours to suit beginners right up to advanced level. Canyoning includes a lot of fun activities rolled into one, from sliding down natural hydro slides and abseiling down raging waterfalls to zip lining down ropes and jumping into natural pools. Tour options include locations near Oxford in Canterbury and near Mount Nimrod in South Canterbury. With 40 years of practical and instructional experience between them, founders and guides Grant Prattley and Koryn Gould are the perfect combination to guide visitors through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery – otherwise not able to be experienced without an expert guide.

Contact: Grant Prattley and Koryn Gould • • Phone: 0800 244 762


Explore the new Canterbury Food & Wine Trails and experience the real taste of Canterbury!

The South Canterbury Food & Wine trail captures the spirit of our region – enjoy the flavours of this rich and fertile land and the colourful personalities behind them. Known for its patchwork plains, rolling hill country, braided rivers and spectacular mountain lakes, South Canterbury is often referred to as “the food bowl” of the South Island. Throughout the region, in towns and small rural communities, a new tradition of South Canterbury food and wine production is emerging… a taste all of our own that reflects our fresh natural environment and our artisan food producers creating local flavours with love.

Nourish your soul with fluffy custard desserts, luscious berries and farm-made cream top yoghurt. Enjoy stunning South Canterbury views while you sip on award winning local wine, taste mountain-fresh salmon or deli delights made from free range pork. Scattered through the guide are cafes, restaurants, lodges and B&Bs where you can enjoy the ultimate taste of South Canterbury – local flavours, well seasoned with a warm South Canterbury welcome. From high country salmon to sun-baked fruit preserves, farmers markets to deli-cafes, exclusive B&Bs, fine dining restaurants and wines from the cellar door – when you explore our Food and Wine Trails you’ll discover one consistent ingredient in so many different recipes and flavours. Behind every Food and Wine Trail member lies an interesting story, with many of our food and wine producers as colourful and memorable as the tastes they produce with such love and passion. All offer a warm Canterbury welcome to a food and wine experience we’re proud to share.


Modelled on the successful North Canterbury Food and Wine Trail which has now been running for three years, the new suite of four regional trails highlights some of the best food and wine experiences to be enjoyed from the districts of North Canterbury, Selwyn, Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury. Following a similar format, each trail features gourmet and speciality food & wine producers, cafes, restaurants and accommodation providers, all selected for their high standards of taste, presentation, personal service and hospitality. At you can find each trail member by district and learn more about what they produce. As you explore the trails in each Canterbury district, look for the distinctive Canterbury Food and Wine Trails signage on shop windows, farm gates or entries to restaurants and cafes. (Opening hours do vary according to season, so if you’re travelling some distance, check with one of the i-SITE Visitor Centres listed on the back of each guide.) The Canterbury Food and Wine Trail guides are available from i-SITE Visitor Centres throughout Canterbury.


An Event for all Seasons Conferences & Events in South Canterbury South Canterbury has an active and continually growing events programme, well supported by locals and the business community. Th Caroline Bay Carnival, the The longest running carnival of its lo type ty in New Zealand, has been a favourite with families from all over fa the t country for over 100 years. Other major annual events include O the t Timaru Festival of Roses, the Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival, G V8 V and SuperTrucks Racing at Timaru International Raceway, the T South Canterbury Hospice Food S & Wine Festival and Waimate Strawberry Fare. Details Detail on many local South Canterbury events, from small special interest to large annual events, can be found at

Conference and Event Planning South Canterbury has diverse conference venues and facilities, with a wide range of accommodation capacity and exciting pre/post itinerary options. If you are organising a major event likely to attract significant visitor numbers to South Canterbury, Aoraki Development Business and Tourism can assist with venue advice, referral to event organisers and itinerary planning for pre or post event travel. We can also assist with other regional promotion and event facilitation services including a central point of contact for accommodation bookings; information and booking services for local attractions and activities; and conference/incentive regional information packs including brochures, guides and maps. Marquee hire is also available for major events. Please email for more information on these services.

Events Updates Aoraki Development Business and Tourism produces weekly events email updates for trade, media, event organisers, local sporting and community groups and other Regional Tourism Organisations. Email if you would like to receive updates.

Events Highlights •

Timaru Festival of Roses November

Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival November

Caroline Bay Carnival December/January

Motor Sport Racing January/March

Waimate Strawberry Fare December

South Canterbury Wine and Food Festival February




Itinerary Ideas Itinerary Ideas

South Canterbury Itinerary Ideas Talk to us about South Canterbury tour and itinerary ideas featuring both new and existing product. Itineraries can be tailored for both self drive and group tour options.

Home of Maori Rock Art

Tastes of South Canterbury

Featuring the Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre and tours to visually stunning and memorable rock art sites around South Canterbury. (See Trade Ready Operators, Page 2).

Highlights of the South Canterbury Food & Wine trail, featuring the best local produce and gourmet experiences from the Timaru, Waimate and Mackenzie Districts. (See Food and Wine Trail page 8.) Enjoy the flavours of South Canterbury and the colourful personalities behind them!

The Road to Mesopotamia Travel from the historic boutique village of Geraldine, through beautiful Peel Forest and further up the Rangitata Valley into some of New Zealand’s most isolated and historic sub-alpine high country farming areas. Activities and themes to enjoy and explore in the Rangitata Valley include: •

adventure activities: white water rafting, kayaking, horse-riding, mountain-biking and walking through unique podocarp native forest

historic high country farm: Mesopotamia Station visit one of New Zealand’s most isolated working high country farms. Opportunities include mountain-biking, walking or hiking, lunch stop, merino products, historic/farm talk from the owners

Lord of the Rings Country: Stunning views of Middle Earth including where scenes from Edoras and Helms Deep were filmed. 4WD tours available

Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park (Rangitata Valley Access) Walking, hiking and mountain biking. Guided options available.


Highlights of South Canterbury Group or self-drive itineraries featuring highlights of South Canterbury – elements that can be incorporated include scenic tours, cultural highlights, Geraldine boutique village, highlights of South Canterbury townships, the South Canterbury Food and Wine trail and farm or high country station visits. (See Regional Highlights and Don’t Miss, pages 12 to 13.)

Adventure Geraldine Combination adventure packages featuring Rangitata Rafts, Peel Forest Horse Treks and the Four Peaks High Country track. (See Trade Ready Operators).


A Place to Stay South Canterbury Accommodation South Canterbury offers a range of accommodation options from budget through to special character and boutique product.

A central location, healthy economy and active events programme (including many large sporting events), means that South Canterbury accommodation providers are well versed in serving the needs of special interest groups, tours, business travellers and families. The Timaru District has an approximate 2000 bed accommodation capacity. Options, from central Timaru and throughout several smaller townships around South Canterbury, range from backpacker, holiday park, hotel or motel through to boutique Bed & Breakfast and luxury lodge accommodation. Motel accommodation ranges from budget to four star and includes QualMark, Golden Chain, Host Accommodation

properties. Larger hotels/motels have licensed bar and restaurant facilities and can accommodate groups on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. Where onsite meal services are not available, these are usually within close walking distance. Character and B&B accommodation ranges from approximately $95 to $300 + per night. Lodges in the area often have links to guided hunting and fishing experiences and operators experienced in serving international markets. Several local B&B and Lodge accommodation providers are listed on the South Canterbury Food & Wine Trail. Standards of cleanliness and presentation are high throughout, hosts are friendly and well informed about the region and the warmth and friendliness of South Canterbury people is something your clients will remember for years to come.


Regional Highlights Timaru



Timaru, the urban hub of South Canterbury NZ offers a refreshing base for visitors

The township of Temuka is a popular relaxation stop with visitors and locals alike, with its close proximity to several rivers providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and camping.

Nestled at the foot of the rolling Hunters Hills just thirty minutes south of Timaru, Waimate is a classic South Canterbury New Zealand rural town and a popular gateway to the Waitaki Lakes, spectacular Mackenzie basin and one of the shortest driving routes to Queenstown.

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Maori Rock Art sites & Te Ana Centre Art Galleries Cafés & Restaurants Caroline Bay DB Brewery Tour Early Settler Building Edwardian and Victorian Architechture Forest walks, rivers and scenic reserves Mountain Bike and Walking tracks Relaxed unhurried shopping South Canterbury Museum Timaru Botanic Gardens

Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden.

Geraldine Popular with visitors as a base for exploring South Canterbury, Geraldine is a charming boutique village just 30 minutes drive from Timaru and on the Inland Scenic Route between Christchurch and Mount Cook. • •

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Charming historic town Gourmet food including handmade chocolates, Talbot Forest Cheese and the famous Barker’s of Geraldine fruit products and preserves Relaxed, shopping for quality New Zealand made clothing, merino wear and souvenirs Locally-made arts and crafts including jewellery, woodwork & hand knitted garments A fascinating mosaic re-creation of the medieval Bayeux tapestry Historic Geraldine Cinema Riverside walkways and mountain bike tracks Beautiful trees and gardens Talbot Forest, a rare remnant of lowland podocarp native forest offering breathtaking views over plains and mountains Beautiful Peel Forest, for river adventures, horseriding, walking, mountain-biking and more Close proximity to many ski fields including Mount Dobson, Tekapo (Round Hill) and Fox ski areas Character accommodation including historic B&B cottages.

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Iconic Temuka Pottery factory shop - in the 100% Homemade Café – the township of Temuka has been home to the famous Temuka Pottery since 1931 Rivers with great sites for swimming and fishing Temuka Domain and camping site Walking and mountain-biking along the Opihi River Stop Bank track Richard William Pearse Memorial once home to pioneer aviator and inventor Richard Pearse, who locals know as the man who flew before the Wright Brothers early in 1903 Try local fare at friendly cafes and restaurants.

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Pleasant Point

Offering visitors plenty of family activities all year round, aptly named Pleasant Point is just a 10 minute drive from Timaru and well worth a visit.

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Pleasant Point Museum and Railway – fully operational steam locomotives and the world’s only Model T Ford Railcar Café stop at Legends Café to try the famous Denheath Custard Square Opihi Vineyard and Café in the restored historic Clifton Cottage Fishing, camping and golfing Scenic drive over rolling South Canterbury farmland with beautiful views towards the mountains Family friendly walking and biking tracks such as the Opihi River Stop Bank Track and dirt bike track in Pleasant Point.

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An up-close encounter with tame wallabies at EnkleDoovery Korna Historic Edwardian and Victorian buildings and churches The quirky Artrio Art Café for great art and fabulous coffee A walk up to the historic White Horse Monument Speciality shops selling everything from vintage clothing to upmarket kitchen/bathroom ware Waimate Farmers Market - Saturday mornings Waimate made possum/merino knitwear at Waimate Knitwear Fishing for quinnat salmon in the renowned Waitaki river A walk through native bush at nearby Gunns or Kelceys Bush A visit to the renowned Victoria Park Gardens or Knottingley Park Walking or mountain biking on one of the many trails in and around Waimate Waimate Historical Museum Main street bushman statue A scenic drive to take in points of historic interest 4000 model vehicles at The Model Garage Waimate accommodation in a boutique B&B or historic Victorian villa Point Bush Estate Winery High country farm life, hiking and hunting at Kaiwarua Station Strawberry Fare, the December celebration of the delicious locally grown strawberries.


Don’t Miss... Timaru Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre, Rock Art Tours, Caroline Bay, colourful events (summer carnival, Rose Festival, motorsports), Phar Lap horse racing legend, Trevor Griffiths Rose Gardens, fascinating settler history, museums & art galleries, character accommodation, coastal walkways, mountain-bike trails, numerous golf courses, easy relaxed shopping.

Geraldine & Peel Forest Historic village, boutique shopping, gourmet food, vintage car museum, B&Bs & character accommodation, outdoor adventure options & tours (horse-riding, walking, hiking, 4 x 4, kayaking, rafting), unique retro picture theatre, gateway to alpine & lakes areas, unique country store farmyard experience (NZ knitwear), Rock Art Tours.

Temuka & Winchester Iconic Temuka Pottery, Home to Richard Pearse (who flew before the Wright Brothers), great river areas, walking & mountain biking trails, hunting & fishing, family fun & adventure, camping, boutique & historic accommodation, scenic golf courses.

Pleasant Point Steam train & museum, famous Denheath Custard Squares, Opihi Vineyard & cafĂŠ, hunting, fishing, camping, golf, Rock Art Tours.

Waimate Strawberry Fare Festival, wallabies, hunting & fishing, character historic and B&B accommodation, Point Bush Winery, Edwardian heritage,antiques and collectables native bush trails & tracks, berry farms, golf, Rock Art Tours.



Trade & Media Image Library

Images of South Canterbury As the official Tourism and Economic Development agency for the Timaru District in South Canterbury, Aoraki Development Business and Tourism provides images for travel trade, travel and business media interested in promoting our region. South Canterbury is full of fresh, vibrant and colourful images that will help you encourage visitors to our beautiful region! Many local talented professional and amateur photographers generously provide us with fantastic local images. We also receive great support from our many tourism and business partners, who keep us updated with high quality images of activities and attractions, venues, South Canterbury events, business operations and the beautiful landscapes that provide a backdrop to South Canterbury life. We’ve provided you with image samples on this pen drive. More images are available on our website, at

Images for Accredited Media and Travel Trade For accredited tourism and business media and genuine travel trade contacts, Aoraki Development Business and Tourism provides a selection of high quality, high resolution images free of charge for promotional purposes, at our own discretion. Examples of such groups include: •

Media (websites, magazines, newspapers promoting South Canterbury and the Central South Island Region)

Inbound tour operators/wholesalers (providing the image is used to promote South Canterbury and the Central South Island Region)

Other tourism promotion organisations (Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Industry Association, Official Regional and District Tourism Organisations)

Professional conference or event organisers, if the event being planned is to be held in South Canterbury.

In most cases (and at our discretion), we provide these images free of charge. To enable us to maintain our supply of stunning, fresh and interesting images for your use, please adhere to these Terms and Conditions: 1. We provide images free of charge by accredited media and the tourism industry for the promotion of South Canterbury as a destination. 2. Travel trade, accredited media, tourism operators and organisers of events being run in South Canterbury can use these images, in printed or online promotional material, if that material promotes South Canterbury as a destination. 3. Please use the image caption we supply with the image, including clearly identifying the destination as being from South Canterbury, or the city/township identified in the caption. Please also credit the operator, company or photographer if identified in the image caption we supply. Incorrect labelling and/or failure to correctly acknowledge one of our images as requested above is a breach of these Terms and Conditions. 4. Your use of these images is non-exclusive and non-transferable. We rely on the ongoing support of our local photographers to maintain our collection of these stunning South Canterbury images. Our photographers are proud of their work and we ask that you respect this by not passing on or using these images for any other purposes than those stated above, or in the information you provide to us with your request. 5. The images on this website are protected under copyright and New Zealand law. Unless otherwise stated, copyright, licensing rights and other intellectual property rights for the images, are owned or controlled by Aoraki Development, Business and Tourism. 6. These images may not be altered or modified in any way.

For more images or information about our South Canterbury image library, please contact: Katerina Tiscenko Tourism Manager on 03 687 9996 or Email.



Trade & Media Image Library

Images for Other Promotional Groups Other images of South Canterbury may be provided on either a free or chargeable (refer to photographer) basis to other groups (on a case by case basis) including: •

Businesses and other commercially focused organisations

Other tourism operators

Publishers (hotel/motel directories, business directories, books, postcards, posters, calendars, etc)

Media (not directly promoting our region)

Government and Local Government organisations

Educational institutions.

Image supply will depend on the requestor, intended purpose of the images and the rights we hold for each image. If we refer you to the photographer who created the image(s), they may charge you a fee for using the image(s). In this case, any commercial agreement made will be between yourself and the photographer. Please contact us for more information if you belong to one of the above groups.



Katerina Tiscenko Tourism Manager 2 George Street, PO Box 524 Timaru 7940

Timaru i-SITE Visitor Centre 2 George Street, PO Box 524 Timaru 7940

Phone: +64 3 687 9996

Phone: +64 3 687 9997 Fax: +64 3 687 9992



Geraldine i-SITE Visitor Centre Cnr Talbot and Cox Streets Geraldine 7930 Phone: +64 3 693 1006 Fax: +64 3 693 1008 Email:

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