Timaru Coastal & River Walks

Explore the coastal and river areas of South Canterbury in more depth with a great range of walks suitable for the whole family.

Caroline Bay Board Walk 

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Duration of walk: various lengths (shared cycle/walkway)
Start location: Caroline Bay

Key Highlights: 

  • Caroline Beach
  • Playground, paddling pool & bird aviary
  • Historical monuments e.g. Palliser Fountain, Memorial Wall

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Dashing Rocks Walk

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Duration of walk: 45 minutes
Start location: Start from the north end of the Caroline Bay car park

Key highlights: 

  • Benvenue Cliffs - the site of the 1882 wrecks of sailing ships Benvenue & the City of Perth(later re-floated).
  • Dashing Rocks - the trees lined cliff is where ancient lava flows from Mount Horrible met the sea.
  • Occasional seals & penguins can be seen. If the sea is rough you will see why this walkway was given its name!

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Opihi River Stop Bank Track

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Duration of walk: 13km one way
Start location: Arowhenua Road carpark (Turn off State Highway 1 onto Arowhenua Road. Drive 100m down to signposted carpark) or Tengawai Bridge

Key Highlights:

  • Long flat grassy track 
  • Willow tree lined
  • Fishing and swimming is popular in this part of the river

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Saltwater Creek to South Beach Circuit

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Duration of walk: various lengths (shared cycle/walkway)
Start location: BMX Track – Centennial Park Reserve (there are a number of other starting points)

Key Highlights:

  • Salt Water Creek
  • Otipua Wetlands is a restorative project to form a Kahikatea forest. The four hectare lake is a haven for local and migratory birds. View the ancient basalt lava rock wall from the flow from local volcano Mt Horrible
  • South Beach - Coastal views and the Patiti Point Reserve is a popular spot for surfers.

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Orari River Flats Tracks

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Duration of walk: various lengths (shared cycle/walkway)
Start location: Signage atBennets Road or Vance Road. Follow the orange markers.

Key Highlights:

  • These tracks are especially beautiful to walk from spring to autumn due to the large number of trees.

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