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Temuka is 20 minutes north of Timaru on State Highway 1 with a population of around 4,000 and is a service town for the surrounding rural area. Temuka was the home of Richard Pearce, who in 1902 raced the Wright Brothers to become the first person to fly.
From a strong farming and manufacturing history, the Temuka area is a paradise for visitors and locals alike, with its proximity to several fishing rivers and outdoor activities, it is home to the iconic Temuka Pottery and one New Zealand’s oldest rugby clubs ‘The Magpies’.
Temuka is a second-hand shoppers dream, countless vintage treasures and collectables. Enjoy crowd free shopping, local galleries and museums, Mendelson Barn with Temuka Pottery retail store and café, and Temuka Domain holiday park – 75 hectares of established grounds right in the township where locals and visitors enjoy an 18 hole golf course, rugby, skate park, tennis, bowls, cycling and walk tracks amongst established trees and parkland.
Richard Pearse Memorial
Home to pioneer aviator and inventor Richard Pearse, who flew before the Wright Brothers in 1903. Roadside Memorial on Main Waitohi Road.
Iconic New Zealand pottery established 1931. Wide range of pottery & accessories, historic footage, cafe located in the historic Mendelson Barn, open 7 days.
Temuka Domain & Holiday Park
Temuka Domain is the largest urban park in the Timaru District with well established gardens, holiday park, rugby ground, community hall and pool, bowls and 18 hole golf course.
Established in 1875, the Temuka Rugby club, known as The Magpies, is one of New Zealand’s oldest rugby clubs, based at Alpine Energy stadium within the Temuka Domain.
Historic Temuka Sale Yards
A farmer owned co-operative and one of the oldest saleyards in New Zealand. Over 300,000 sheep and 70,000 cattle sold annually. Open to the public.
The Temuka area is renowned for it’s clear river fishing. Opihi River and others are abundant with trout, and salmon later in the season.
Some of the country’s leading businesses are here, including Fonterra Clandeboye, NZ Insulators, Temuka Pottery, numerous dairy, agricultural and support sectors.
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