About Central South Island
From Maori rock art to jam and cheese; wallabies to pottery; strawberries to steam trains, the Central South Island is a lively hotchpotch of home-grown New Zealand at its best.
Timaru & Temuka, (originally ‘Te Maru’, meaning ‘place of shelter’) is the Central South Island’s main service centre. With a population of around 27,000, the seaside city of Timaru remains a relaxing destination. Home to an attractive swimming beach, top art gallery, beautiful botanic gardens and some great annual events, Timaru is an ideal family destination.