Timaru Botanic Gardens Walking Tracks

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From the entrance on Queen Street, head left. You will quickly come across the Graeme Paterson Conservatory and Fernery. If you would like to take a look inside, it has specific opening hours. Otherwise, continue along the track to the Anderson Rose Garden.

You will see the Cenotaph War Memorial on your left as the road bends toward the right. When you reach the end of the road, go left and follow the perimeter of the gardens. On this road, you will see the hospital, the Lower Duckpond, plant collections, another rose garden, and much more. 

When the road bends to the left, go straight instead and walk down the hill on the grass. Head right at the playground. You will pass the aviary and climb up to the Robert Burns Statue. If you continue straight, you will find yourself back at the entrance.

This is only the most direct route around the gardens. It is possible to explore the many tracks off the road through the park. You will be able to discover the Upper Duckpond, the Education Centre and the Bowling Club, as well as endless more flowers and plants.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 30 minute walk
        • Distance: 2-2.5 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: No
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: Unknown (some hills)
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: There are toilets a short walk from Queen Victoria Sunken Garden.
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track includes an aviary, a conservatory, a playground, rose gardens, plant collections and many more.

  • Track Quality

    The terrain of this track is mostly roads, but includes some smaller tracks.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Timaru is a stop on InterCity’s bus network. The Botanic Gardens are a 19 minute walk from central Timaru.

  • Water

    Drinking water is available in the gardens.

  • Driving Instructions

    The entrance to the Gardens is at the corner of King St and Queen St. If driving south on SH1, turn left at King Street. If driving south from Timaru CBD on Stafford St, follow the road left onto King Street instead of continuing straight on High Street.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in Timaru.

  • Area & Track History

    The Timaru Botanic Gardens began as an appeal for a reserve by the people to the Canterbury Provincial Council in 1864. It wasn’t until 1868 that plantings began, most of which was carried out with convict labour from the local Timaru Gaol. The Gardens continued to develop and expand until 1988.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

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