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Dashing Rocks Walk

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Signs for this walk start at Moore street. However, a more popular start is from Caroline Bay. The track follows the Memorial walkway towards the Benvenue Cliffs and the old lighthouse. 

Past the Cliffs and the lighthouse, walk along the top of Waimataitai Beach until you reach Richmond Street. Follow the coastline by turning right at Climie Terrace, going over the footbridge to Moore Street. From there, the track has trees to your left and the water to your right as you make your way to the point of the cliffs.

This point is where ancient lava flows from Mt Horrible met the sea. The rocks below were also a popular Maori fishing place and the point a coastal whaling lookout.

The track follows the cliff’s edge inland before turning back towards Pacific Street. Head straight on Westcott Street to rejoin the path you came from, back towards Benvenue Cliffs.

On your way back, detour around Maori Park before heading back to Caroline Bay. 

You can also choose to start the walk at Moore Street if you are short on time. 

Dashing rocks present a unique geometric shape that is the result of the ancient lava flows, resulting in typical basalt columns.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 4 hour walk
        • Distance: 1 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: Unknown
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: Unknown
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers views of Caroline Bay. It also passed the old lighthouse.

  • Track Quality

    The track is paved road and gravel road. It is. Maintained by the Timaru District Council.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Timaru is a stop on InterCity’s bus network.

  • Water

    There is drinking water available in central Timaru.

  • Driving Instructions

    This walk starts at Caroline Bay. Turn onto Port Loop Road from Evans St/Theodosia St, Timaru’s main road. You will find a car park at the loop. Start the walk at the Memorial walkway.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in Timaru.

  • Area & Track History

    The rocks are the site of two shipwrecks in 1882.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Dashing Rocks Walk

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