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Cross the bridge with the boulder and continue until you reach the intersection with Quarry Road. Here you will see that there are two tracks to choose from. You can either start with one direction and loop back with the other track, or simply pick one of two tracks and return the same way.

The upper track is slightly more challenging as it is a rugged climb and steeper than the lower track. It is also on the upper track that you may encounter mountain bikers. 

If you choose the lower track, there is also the option to join the upper track along the way. It is a short incline. So, though there are technically only 2 tracks, there are still several different ways to combine them. 

The tracks run on either side of the Otipua Creek and Lake. The creek and lake, too, offer a variety of activities to choose from such as picnics, BBQs and kayaking. There is a even a play area for children.

After passing the lake on the lower track, walk along the old railway line that was used by the quarries.

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

Quick Facts

        • Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 1.5 hour walk
        • Distance: 3.5 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: Part of this walk is a shared mountain biking track.
        • Route: Loop or return
        • Elevation: 50 m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes, exact location unknown
        • Dogs: Yes
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    Centennial Park offers a number of different paths to hike, run or bike on. There are also picnic areas, free BBQs and a duck pond. It is also possible to swim and kayak in the lake.

  • Track Quality

    This track is a gravelled path.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Timaru is a stop on InterCity’s bus network. However, the start of the walk is a 30 minute walk from central Timaru.

  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    The start of this walk is at the top of the zigzag from the intersection between Church St and Otipua Rd, at the bridge with the boulder in front of it.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in central Timaru.

  • Area & Track History

    Centennial Park is Timaru’s main city reserve. Before it became a reserve, the land was the site of several quarries owned by the Timaru Harbour Board and private parties. The quarries were used to extract basalt rock during 75 years.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Centennial Park

Here is the map for Centennial Park 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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