Timaru is a port city in New Zealand's southern Canterbury region. The port is located approx 157 km (98 ml) southwest of Christchurch and approx 196 km (122 ml) northeast of Dunedin. The city has population around 30,000.
- Timaru is the 2nd largest urban area in Canterbury Region - after Christchurch. The district also includes the surrounding rural area and the towns Pleasant Point, Temuka and Geraldine, with combined population around 50,000.
- A popular recreational area is Caroline Bay beach, located near the city centre and to the north of the port facilities. Washdyke's industrial suburb is at a junction with State Highway 8 - the main route into Mackenzie Country.
- The city has been built on rolling hills that emerged from the lava flows of an extinct volcano (Mt Horrible). The result is that most of the main streets are undulating - a contrast with the flat landscape of Canterbury Plains to the north. The volcanic rock is used for construction of "bluestone" buildings.
- The region's main museum (South Canterbury Museum) contains exhibits relating to physical geography, environment, Maori rock art, early settlements, fossil remains, local maritime history, natural history collection, scrimshaw, also information about the local inventor Richard Pearse (1877-1953).
- The established in 1956 "Aigantighe Art Gallery" in Wai-iti Road is South Island's 3rd largest art museum. It holds a collection of Pacific, Asian, European and NZ art works from the 16th century to present day and also has a sculpture garden.
- As popular tourist attractions, Timaru has a number of public gardens, parks and open spaces. Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden is part of Caroline Bay Park. Bay Area's parkland has roller-skating rink, mini-golf course and staging for live music events. It also homes the annual Summer Carnival which takes place over Christmas and New Year holidays.
- In February 2017, the top-luxury cuise ship Seabourn Encore (christened in January 2017) broke up its mooring lines and collided in the port with a cement carrier (Milburn Carrier II). Following the accident, the port authority PrimePort Timaru announced its plans to purchase and install high-capacity storm bollards at the docking wharf.
Port Timaru cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Timaru, New Zealand. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|16 February, 2019|
|Seabourn Encore||10:00||20:00||Akaroa, New Zealand|
|19 February, 2019|
|ms Europa||07:00||19:00||Dunedin, Port Chalmers, New Zealand|
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