The Timaru District – Our Story

Timaru District NZ is a hidden gem, according to one of our new residents. If you’re thinking of moving here for a job and a better lifestyle, where houses are still affordable and the daily commute to work takes on average 5-10 minutes, take a look at this video, “Our Story”. Find out more about the Timaru District, New Zealand

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Why Immigrate to Timaru New Zealand?

Outdoor Activities

If you love sport, you’ll love the Central South Island. If getting away from it all into tranquil countryside and awesome mountain scenery this is the ideal region for you.

The coastline attracts surfers. Rivers such as the mighty Rangitata are renowned for their salmon fishing. Upstream the Rangitata River offers world-class white water rafting and this stunningly beautiful alpine region provides everything from day walks to rigorous treks.

Within one hour’s drive of Timaru are four of New Zealand’s most stunning lakes providing a playground for those who love water sports such as skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, jet skiing, and fishing.

South Canterbury can also boast four popular ski fields within two hours drive providing a huge variety of terrain and facilities and all have easy access by 2 wheel drive vehicles.

Hunting in the South Island of New Zealand is exceptional and South Canterbury hosts some of the best. There is a wide range of wildlife including four species of deer, alpine Chamois, Mountain Thar, goats, and wild pigs. Small game animals include wallabies, possums, hares, and rabbits as well as water-fowl such as ducks, geese and swans.

Fishing in this region presents many opportunities from the high country rivers full of feisty rainbow and brown trout to the resident and sea run brown trout and salmon.

  • Climb a mountain and be back by lunchtime
  • Explore the high country on a four-wheel-drive tour
  • Fish the rivers for trout and salmon
  • Ride the mountain bike trails through-out South Canterbury
  • Take to the slopes at the many ski fields in the mountains an easy drive away

Health and Education

New Zealand has a policy of free health care and free school education for all children aged from 5 to 18 years of age.

South Canterbury’s educational opportunities are second to none. The region provides a real choice for families from early childhood through to secondary education.
Early childhood education includes play centres, kindergartens, and day care available through-out the district.
Everyone lives close to one of the districts many high quality state primary schools and most children can walk or bike to school. All rural schools and many town schools also provide a free bus service.

Timaru has five secondary schools, which includes co-educational and single sex education and a state integrated Catholic co-educational school.

South Canterbury’s schools all have high quality staff, excellent resources, and close supportive ties with the community.

Tertiary education is offered locally through the Aoraki Polytechnic, which provides a wide range of full and part-time programs for school leavers and adult students alike. They provide a wide range of practical training, in areas as diverse as journalism, trades, and outdoor recreation. Within 2.5 hours drive are three of New Zealand’s leading universities including, Canterbury University (Christchurch), Otago University
(Dunedin), and Lincoln University (Lincoln).

Healthcare facilities in South Canterbury are excellent. There are two hospitals (one public and one private) and many top quality rest homes for the elderly. Primary healthcare is provided by a network of around 40 general practitioners through-out the region. Pharmacy, dental, physiotherapy and chiropractic services are spread through-out the region.

Sport & Recreation

Timaru is gaining a big name in sporting circles for its exceptional facilities, including international-standard tennis courts, and a sports complex with hockey turf, all-weather athletics track, cricket oval (New Zealand’s provincial cricket teams play here in summer) and a superb indoor sports stadium. The Timaru International Raceway at Levels, just a few minutes’ drive north of the city, is firmly on the major motorsport series circuit.

There are 13 golf courses within a 1 hours drive of Timaru providing players with a huge variety of holes to play. The cost for a round ranges from $7.00 to $35.00.

  • Follow in the footsteps of Davis Cup tennis players and have a game at Timaru’s ASB Tennis Centre.
  • Experience premium sporting action that won’t break the bank.
  • Play a round of golf on one of South Canterbury’s 13 Golf courses

Arts & Culture

Few places in New Zealand have an artistic heritage that dates back as far as this district. That’s because in the undulating limestone lands that lie inland from the sea, pre- European Maori have drawn on the rocks their impressions of the world around them. This rock art is some of the most extensive and sophisticated to be found anywhere in New Zealand.

Today, art continues to flourish in the Central South Island offering everything from painting and pottery to glass blowing, stone carving and jewellery.
Timaru’s Aigantighe Art Gallery is considered one of the top regional art museums in the country with an extensive collection and many private galleries exist displaying contemporary local art.

The region is steeped in history with a number of local museums taking you back to the times of the first settlers in the 1840’s. More recent history is represented with vintage car, machinery and railway museums in the region.

The region has a strong tradition in drama two theatrical companies flourish in Timaru and in some of the smaller centres. The region’s history has not been forgotten either.

Museums explore our region’s past and the personalities inextricably linked with it such as pioneer aviator Richard Pearse, boxing champion Bob Fitzsimmons and Olympic gold medallist Jack Lovelock.

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