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Address: Hilton Highway, Timaru, New Zealand

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Absolutely fabulous beach

First came to Caroline Bay when kids were young, and we lived in Queenstown. Great place for kids, the Annual Carnival can be good, and it costs $0 to attend. Now we live in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Timaru, New Zealand
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Timaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

First came to Caroline Bay when kids were young, and we lived in Queenstown. Great place for kids, the Annual Carnival can be good, and it costs $0 to attend. Now we live in Timaru, and go to the beach frequently, unless there is a high wind creating a sandstorm !!

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Whether or like structured rose gardens, picnics, long walks down a scenic beach, or looking at wildlife, Caroline. Bay Beach has it all. The penguins can be seen most nights at 10:00 around the periphery of the beach and the Trevor Griffiths rose garden is romantic and definitely worth a look.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a great park with lots of different areas and pockets of things for kids to do (not teens) Can be quite a walk but watch out for all the dog poop everywhere ( very disappointing that people do not clean up after their dogs) Beach is nothing to rave about, typical South Island beach. Has a beautiful rose... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Bad experience staff not good at all they said when I went there last time I was trying to get in as an adult was not the case at all so then they banned me?!? For 2 years! I paid to get in and they didnt give my money back worst experience of my life

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Timaru, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I really do not have much good to say about our local Council. But what has been done here on the Bay is just fantastic. Might be something to do with the ex wife's input to a Rose garden to get it all started. The Piazza and the walk ways, the new rope fencing around the Penguin nesting area it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You can swim in Caroline Bay, which is a very safe beach, or walk the board walk. Plenty of family friendly activities for little or no cost. There are playgrounds, paddling pools,B B Q's and in the summer holidays, free concerts twice a day. What a great place to take a family,

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We are from Australia so very spoiled for great beaches. Caroline Bay beach is ok or probably very good for a South Island NZ beach, but it did not do much for us and the cold windy weather made it all the more unappealing.

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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

All the reviews and books said this was a great place to be, we thought it very scruffy and not worthy of the title as one of the best beaches in nz, sorry!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This was my first time in Timaru and all I could think was what a cool city it was. The town is really well-kept and Caroline Bay Beach is such a great place for the locals (and tourists!) to spend time!! It's so close to town, easy to walk around on the boardwalks, great for swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, etc. Really... More 

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Felixstowe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Lovely beach to walk, even though it isn't particulatly long There are lots of activities for the kids and very safe with no traffic allowed. Worth a visit

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