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Caroline Bay Beach

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Address: Hilton Highway, Timaru, New Zealand
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Comes alive at Christmas

This is my home town and the bay is a beautiful part of our city which is great to visit at any time of the year,but especially over the Christmas period.The carnival is run by a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Timaru, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

As a first time traveller to Timaru I found this beach to be somewhat disappointing. The beach is far from picturesque being surrounded by the Port are and access was difficult due to the lack of signage. The Park surrounds were nice enough but there was nothing open as far as eateries were concerned even though it was on the... More 

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Timaru, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is my home town and the bay is a beautiful part of our city which is great to visit at any time of the year,but especially over the Christmas period.The carnival is run by a wonderful group of volunteers,the costs are minimal, $3 - $4 for rides. The twice daily concerts are free, as are the many contests and... More 

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Ocean Grove, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We visited Caroline Bay this year and enjoyed the carnival especially the Talent Quest, also had a walk along the boardwalk, the rose garden, and one night viewed the Fairy Penguins. There is a lovely view from the Bay Hill out over the beach and also the Southern Alps, have just come home from a family bereavement in Timaru and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This was my second visit to Caroline Bay "park". Last time I came here I loved the aviary, the sculptures and the sheer peacefulness in late afternoon. This time I brought my camera to photo the birds which are simply beautiful. And so friendly- they come up to the wire to meet you. There was German family visiting when I... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

You get to the bay from the heights of Timaru's main street (Stafford St) and piazza. There is lift access, or a flight of stairs. The drop down to the park is followed by a lovely water feature and when you reach the bottom there is are spacious green grounds with sculptures, a war memorial, information panels, a paddling pool,... More 

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Franz Josef Glacier
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The walkway is beautiful.. I spent a week in Timaru in July and was amazed by the beauty of the Bay. It has been years since I spent any tome down there and was blown away by the creative use of space. The friendly walkway and the user friendly gym equipment.

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Timaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Extremely safe beach with lots of facilities particularly for young ones. From Boxing Day there is carnival held for the next two weeks. New Years eve is highlighted with a fireworks display to bring in the New Year

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Johnstown, Colorado
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We visited Caroline Bay every day of our week long stay in Timaru because it was just so nice to walk around whether we were on the boardwalk or on the sand by the water. We even went for a jog one morning and tried out the fitness circuit that follows around the perimeter of the park. We just loved... More 

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Christchurch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Lots of people enjoying a sunny day in Timaru with walks along the beach If you are lucky enough to come in Summer the Carnival is world famous and a great time out.

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Timaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Beautiful beach for a peaceful stroll in the surf. Stunning views across the sea with the snowy mountains in the distance too. It's awesome having the boardwalk along the beach for those days when you don't want sand everywhere but want to walk near the seaside!

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