Timaru Free Visitor Attractions
Timaru is the largest city in South Canterbury and is a seaside city and major port town. The rolling green hills on which Timaru is built where formed from the lava flows of the extict volcano of Mt Horrible. Timaru's attractions include the Timaru Botanic Gardens, Caroline Bay (which sports a safe beach for swimming), the South Canterbury Museum and Aigantighe Art Galley - one of New Zealand's largest art museums.
Caroline Bay is the most widely known of all the parks in the Timaru District. The beach is sheltered by the harbour breakwater and is the only sandy beach between Oamaru and Banks Peninsula. March 2014 saw Caroline Bay beach being voted the most popular beach in the South Island.
The Aigantighe Art Museum (pronounced 'egg and tie') in Timaru, New Zealand is renowned internationally for its collection and innovative exhibition and education programmes. Aigantighe holds New Zealand, Pacific, Asian and European art works from the sixteenth century to the present day. Its British Victorian painting collection is of great significance.
One of the oldest Botanic Gardens, Timaru will surprise you with the depth and excellence of its collections as diverse as Australian plants, conifers and rose species. A border containing the native plants of the Canterbury region is of special note. Endangered plants from around the world can be seen in part of the conservatory complex.
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