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Caroline Bay Walk

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This short walk along the edge of the town of Timaru starts at the Piazza on the other side of the railway track. From the Piazza, head south on Willow Walk and then back up onto the Memorial walkway towards the Caroling Bay Community Lodge.

During the first part of the walk, you can detour off the track to take advantage of the Trevor Griffith’s Rose Garden and Peony Garden. 

Continuing along Memorial walkway, take the diagonal path on the right towards the Palliser Fountain. The fountain is on the corner of the lawn. In the summer, including the Christmas holidays, you will find a carnival on the lawn. 

Follow the track towards the Community Lodge and around it. Continue on this road until the railway bridge. Take the cliff path to see Caroline Bay from the Benvenue Cliffs, or skip the Cliffs and make a left are the railway to continue along the track. Follow the track until you’ve returned to the Piazza.

You can find a full map of the track on the Timaru District Council website.

Along the track you will find a picnic area and an aviary. Thus, there is plenty to do to turn this short walk into a day of adventure.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 30-45 minute walk
        • Distance: Unknown
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: Unknown
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: Unknown (ascent to Benvenue Cliffs)
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: There are several clearly visible along the walk.
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash—Dogs allowed on the beach in winter only.
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers views of Caroline Bay from Benvenue Cliffs. You can also enjoy the Memorial Wall, Trevor Griffith’s Rose Garden and Peony Garden, as well as the Palliser Fountain.

  • Track Quality

    This track is maintained and cared for by the Timaru District Council.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Timaru is a stop on InterCity’s bus network.

  • Water

    There is drinking water available in Timaru.

  • Driving Instructions

    Turn onto Port Loop Road from Evans St/Theodosia St, Timaru’s main road. You will find a car park at the loop. The walk starts at the Piazza on the other side of the Gardens.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in Timaru.

  • Area & Track History

    Along this walk, you will pass the Memorial Wall. It was built in the 1920s to commemorate the land and sea battles in which New Zealanders fought in the Great Wars. In 1920, the wall marked where the land met the sea.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Caroline Bay Walk

Here is the map for Caroline Bay Walk showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer to see an image of where the walk is instead.

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