Activities & Attractions

Drive, ride, run, walk or simply stand and gaze at the magnificence across the three districts of Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate that is South Canterbury.

Try beach combing, a relaxing walk through native bush and botanical gardens, hike or trek into alpine wilderness, star gazing, discover cycle trails, browse galleries and cafes – the choices are almost endless.

Family fun is everywhere, with almost endless ways to explore the rich cultural history of the area. Try a self-guided experience or get local knowledge and stunning views with a farm tour or scenic flight.

There are a wide range of trails suitable for walking, running or cycling – from coastal tracks to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, you’ll find the perfect place. Outdoor fun is popular around here, and you’re sure to meet friendly people happy to share some local secrets with you!

Summer fun includes Timaru’s iconic Caroline Bay Carnival, markets, swimming, tramping, biking and water sports. Winter is a wonderland of ski slopes, ice skating or soak in the hot pools.

Activities & Attractions

Regional Activities

For the thrill seekers or those who prefer a more relaxed holiday, South Canterbury has the perfect activities and attractions for you.

Arts & Culture

Discover the rich blend of early and contemporary history of South Canterbury at historic sites, museums and galleries throughout the region.

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Bike & Walk

Explore the district on two feet or two wheels. Bike and walk trails criss-cross the region, including the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail that links the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.

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Family Fun

Lots of safe family activities in South Canterbury. No time for boredom, lots of free stuff too.

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Outdoor Activities

South Canterbury IS the GREAT outdoors. Recreational or educational, it’s everywhere, and so can you be.

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Scenic Tours & Flights

Discover and explore the world of high country farms and rugged terrain of the Mackenzie District, lakes and rolling hinterland to long coastal beaches and everywhere in-between

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Star Gazing

Discover the best stargazing on the planet. Be amazed at the beauty of the night sky and stories of Māori legend.

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Activities & Attractions Businesses

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Featured Events

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