Central Timaru Historic Walk

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While there is technically a route that should be followed (according to the Timaru District Council website), it is easy to see that this walk is more like a list of things that must be seen. So feel free to make your way around the CBD as you see fit in order to properly take in the historic sites along the way. 

A good place to start is the Landing Service Building which dates back to 1870. It was used for unloading ships and is built of local volcanic basalt. The basalt, known as bluestone, was extracted from quarries within Timaru. 

St Mary’s Church was also built of bluestone and can be found on this walk as well.

On this walk, you will also see examples of several different types of architecture, namely Belgian, Edwardian Baroque, Flemish Baroque, Victorian. A more restrained version of the Edwardian era can be seen all around Timaru and a great example of it is the Arcade Chambers.

You will also find the Theatre Royal and the Timaru Public Library as you make your wake through Timaru CBD.

Most of these buildings are shops, restaurants and offices now, though their architecture speaks to the history of wha they once were.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 30 minute walk
        • Distance: 2 km
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: No
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: Unknown (hill sections)
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: There are several in central Timaru.
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track is through Timaru CBD and offers insight into the history of the city with the help of landmarks.

  • Track Quality

    This track is through the city, on well-paved roads.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Timaru is a stop on InterCity’s bus network.

  • Water

    Drinking water is available in central Timaru.

  • Driving Instructions

    This is a loop walk around central Timaru. While it is possible to start anywhere along the loop, the recommended starting point is at the intersection of George St and Stafford St.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants all along the walk.

  • Area & Track History

    This walk chronicles the history of Timaru and its events through different types of architecture, churches, landmark buildings and even the theatre.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Central Timaru Historic Walk

Here is the map for Central Timaru Historic 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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