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Timaru Airport Mini Guide
Tell me About Timaru Airport
Richard Pearse Airport or Timaru Airport is in South Island, New Zealand and is 160 km south of Christchurch
. The airport takes its name from a local pioneer and aviator. The airport is tiny and has a small tarmac runway and a parallel grass strip.
How Would I fly There?
There are three flights a day to/from Wellington
operated by Eagle Airways for Air New Zealand and there are occasional flights to Christchurch and Oamuru.
Is it Easy to get to the Town?
You can take a taxi from the airport to the town or hire a car, that way you can really see what Timaru has to offer.
What Facilities Does the Airport Have?
This regional airport is small and has basic facilities, but everything you need for a short trip.
What can I see in Timaru?
This port and seaside town has a stunning backdrop of snow-clad mountains – its name appropriately translates from the Maori ‘place of shelter’. Caroline Bay is the place to go and swim or relax on the beach or if you want to surf, head for Patiti Point. To find out more about the town’s heritage, go to South Canterbury Museum and see fossils and Maori rock art. The Aigantighe Art Gallery has works from the 16th century to the present and a sculpture garden or if you enjoy nature see the local ferns and roses at Timaru Botanic Gardens.
Anything Else to do?
If you fancy a round of golf, head to Timaru Golf Club or Highland Golf Club. You can take a walk through the Centennial Park Reserve, it has a 3 km walk through a wooded valley. If you like your food and drink, why not go for a tour and tasting session at DB Mainland Brewery.
Out and About
Drive out to the rural village of Geraldine, it has a pretty main street with historic buildings. The village has a thriving arts community too.
Where Can I Stay?
Avenue Motor Lodge is in Timaru, it has a choice of studios and apartments with self catering facilities. It’s a 2 minute drive to cafes and restaurants and 5 minutes to Caroline Bay.
- Timaru airport is small and has a correspondingly small amount of facilities. This means that the low number of rental cars kept on site are soon depleted and so if you're intending to hire a car during your stay, make sure you pre-book it well in advance.