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Address: Hilton Highway, Timaru, New Zealand

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See the penguins!

Find out from the Visitors Center the time to see the penguins march in from the ocean at night. While there, see the Maori Rock Art display, which you can also go visit in person... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Find out from the Visitors Center the time to see the penguins march in from the ocean at night. While there, see the Maori Rock Art display, which you can also go visit in person if you have the time.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Caroline Bay, Timaru's jewel, offers wonderful, safe bathing, a lovely Rose Garden and aviary, walkways with interesting features such as local sculpture and an ornamental fountain, a boardwalk through the dunes, a skatepark and playground, minigolf, views of the sea and mountains, Little Blue Penguins, and many nearby cafes and restaurants. Around Christmas there is a carnival which has become... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This is a fantastic facility - beautiful park with fountain, walks, boardwalk, clean toilets and changing rooms, an aivery open to the public free of charge, playground, paddling pool, etc etc. Simply amazing and SOOOOO welll kept!

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Timaru; New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Heaps of improvements done over the years. Ample parking, fantastic Boardwalk, changing rooms, roller skating rink, amazing playground, toilets, skate park, penguins on the beach at night, very safe and flat with very little waves.

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Timaru, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Another favorite local place for me with safe swimming or picnics in summer and nice for a stroll all year around.

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Timaru, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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