South Beach Coastal Walk

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The South Beach Coastal Track is perfect for a short getaway from the city. It is close enough to central Timaru that it is easy to access, but the track along the coast seems to take you far away. Strong winds and the sound of the crashing waves blocks out the city.

The track runs next to the edge of the beach. You also have the option of simply walking along the beach. From Patiti Point car park, the track hugs the coastline as you make your way in the direction of Timaru Harbour.

The end of the track is at Stuart Street, where you can easily find your way back into Timaru central. You can also retrace your steps to Patiti Point and beyond for a longer walk. A second alternative is continuing along the coastline towards the breakwater protection for the harbour. 

Along this walk, you will most likely see fishing boats and other types of ships, as well as surfers. 

Keep your eyes peeled for birds such as banded dotterels, South Island pied oystercatcher, and white fronted terns. You may also see penguins on the beach or seals popping their head out of the water.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 20 minute walk
        • Distance: 1.7 km
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: One way
        • Elevation: None
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Unknown
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers views of the sea. Penguins and seals can sometimes be seen on this walk.

  • Track Quality

    The track is wide and well-formed.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Timaru is a stop on InterCity’s bus network. It is then a 25-minute walk to the start of the walk. Alternatively, walk the track in reverse as the end is closer to central Timaru.

  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    Head south on High Street and then keep left at the fork. Turn left onto South St and park at the Patiti Point car park.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in central Timaru.

  • Area & Track History

    Timaru is a port city. Prior to European settlement, the area was also a known Māori settlement and a popular stop for journeys down the coastline. Patiti Point, the start of this walk, was the site of construction of a whaling station in 1839.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of South Beach Coastal Walk

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