Travel Information (approximate times)
Christchurch: 2h 10m
Dunedin: 2h 45m
Queenstown: 4h 10m
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Aptly named, Pleasant Point is just 10 minutes’ drive inland of Timaru on State Highway 8, the main tourism route to Aoraki/Mt Cook and Queenstown, with a population of around 1,300.
Nestled in rolling farmland with views to the Southern Alps, Pleasant Point is both tranquil and exhilarating. Experience the magic of steam at Pleasant Point museum and railway, with regular ‘Steaming Days’ to ride Kiwi the Engine and Model T railcar. Home to the internationally acclaimed ‘Denheath custard square’ dessert.
Discover Pleasant Point
Steeped in history, Maori rock art sites are nearby. The 36 hectare Pleasant Point Domain and camp ground has an 18 hole golf course, rugby, tennis, cricket along with children’s playground. Spectacular walking tracks and bike trails alongside winding rivers through scenic foothills towards the Southern Alps, including an easy cycle track all the way from Point to Timaru.
Magic of Steam
Attracts steam enthusiasts from around the world. More than 2 kilometres of track join the Pleasant Point Railway Station and Museum that houses a treasure trove of historical rail artifacts and exhibits.
Maori Rock Art
Discover haunting images, immerse yourself in the history and culture of Ngai Tahu ancient rock art in the Opihi Valley near Pleasant Point. Tours run from November-April. Book a guided tour at Te Ana Rock Art Tours located at Timaru information centre.
Pleasant Point Domain
36 hectares at eastern entrance to Pleasant Point - camping ground, children’s play ground, 18 hole golf course, rugby, tennis and cricket, walk & bike tracks.
Bike & Walk Tracks
Well marked trails lead from Pleasant Point’s adventure playground opposite the primary school in Halstead Road, and Pleasant Point Domain. Flat, easy walking amongst native trees and wildlife.
Denheath Custard Squares
Home of the Denheath custard square and other delishly decadent desserts. Premium gourmet slices and squares.
Pleasant Point Businesses
Agricultural, dairy and horticultural businesses surround the Pleasant Point area, contributing to the food bowl of regional and international markets.
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