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Caroline Bay Beach

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Address: Hilton Highway, Timaru, New Zealand
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penguins

Great boardwalks,safe swimming penguin watching,paddling pool,wonderful playground,Piazza link to city shopping,world famous Rose Garden, summer carnival

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Robyn T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great boardwalks,safe swimming penguin watching,paddling pool,wonderful playground,Piazza link to city shopping,world famous Rose Garden, summer carnival

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Thank Robyn T
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for a fun stop with the kids. Playground is well set up, spacious with loads for all ages, including a great paddling pool. The boardwalks and seaside development is lovely and very family friendly. The only negative is the very old and grotty toilets that serve the playground area. They smell, were dirty and the floor sodden. No... More 

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Thank Mumtofour2014
Duncan, Canada
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Safe beach and lots to do for kids. Spend most my childhood holidays here and it created some fantastic memories

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Thank Aaron F
Greymouth, New Zealand
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this beautiful beach, was so stunning for taking photos. awesome boardwalk and relaxed environment

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Thank TrishMason2016
Sydney
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The fact this is rated No 1 attraction in Timaru surely reflects there is little to do in this town. 1. The port is one side, you have the lovely vista of cranes moving loads into the ships. 2. The sand is a horrible grey color. 3. Below the viewing platform are the toilets. 4. Smells of decaying fish.

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Thank Colostomy
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98 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone I've been here the water has been beautiful. Great beach for open water swimming, small waves. On the town side of Caroline bay there is a fantastic kids playground and paddling pool. Rated one of the top 10 beaches in NZ

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Thank GF_adventurer_NZ
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're visiting Timaru, you shouldn't miss this. It's a great beach with a beautiful view and lots of fun for children. There's also a lighthouse which you can visit on the way to the beach, if you're arriving on the east side.

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Thank Ali R
Craigieburn, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My fiancé and I stayed in Timaru overnight on NYE and went down to Caroline Bay beach for the carnival. Great area - was really scenic and had a good time. Recommend for kids of all ages - both big and small.

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Thank miz_mandah
Auckland, New Zealand
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35 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beach is very close to the CBD and port. However, if the wind is coming in from the sea the beach is not pleasant. If visiting Timaru from Boxing day until approx. 12 January a must is a visit to the annual Caroline Bay Carnival. This event has been here for over a centaury, free entrance, with the rides... More 

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Thank Mark C
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

Heaps of rides, raffles and the usual carnival side shows. Great for the children. Our grandson loved the Ferrari car rides, the water walker. They have a great show on at the sound shell, but we did not get to listen to it this time round. Food average fair food, hot dogs, chips, candyfloss, ice-cream etc. Heaps of rides for... More 

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