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Upcoming Summer Events in Timaru

For the whole family

The temperatures are starting to warm up, and what a great time of year it is to come and experience some of the many events going on in Timaru this summer. Below are just some of the many events coming up in Timaru that you and your family are sure to enjoy:
Alpine Energy Ten Hour MTB Race
04 November 2017

If you are a mountain biking enthusiast, then you will enjoy one of the best MTB endurance events. The course is located in Centennial Park, right in the heart of Timaru. There is a crazy campsite area leading through to a fantastic mountain bikers course. You will enjoy a few short climbs, but nothing overly challenging. With purpose-built tracks, perfect for 10 hours of non-stop racing.
Cover as many laps as possible as a team or as a solo rider for those wanting a challenge. This social event is sure to see you enjoy your time in Timaru, and a bonus of many prizes and trophies will keep the competition going.

Timaru Festival Of Roses
01 – 03 December 2017

The annual Timaru Festival Of Roses is held to celebrate the arrival of summer. With three days of activities, walks, talks, tours, exhibitions, art, and plenty of roses. Bring the whole family, as there are plenty of competitions, shows and activities for everyone to enjoy.
Make sure you are here for the Market Day on Sunday 3rd December in Caroline Bay in Timaru. Sights, music, aromas, and tastes abound and add to the friendly atmosphere that has been drawing crowds for years.

Caroline Bay Carnival
26th December 2017 – 07 January 2018

The event of the year is approaching soon, where Timaru will celebrate the 107th Caroline Bay Carnival. With 13 days of fairground style rides, free daily concerts, along with a variety of activities, the whole family is sure to enjoy. Activities include Inflatables, Mini Golf, Truck & Trailer Rig rides, Train Rides and events, along with entertainment by popular New Zealand and International artists.
Book your holiday in Timaru now, and be sure to be here to celebrate this social event.

Carl and Janet at Ashley Motor Lodge would love to welcome you to Timaru, and are always happy to help with any questions so you can enjoy your time in this lively port city.

Dining Out In Timaru

Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs.

Being centrally located means that we are only a hop and a skip to some of Timaru's best bars, restaurants and cafes. Whether you're looking for fine dining, a quick bite, or a place party into the wee hours, Timaru has it all.

1. Cafes
The daily espresso has become such an ingrained part of Kiwi life that we almost take good coffee for granted. Some of our favourite places are the Purple Lizard Cafe and Coffee Culture, both of which are lively little places with a good selection of food, great coffee, and friendly service. If you are looking for free WiFi with your mocha, Sopheze Coffee Lounge & Catering Restaurant also has a top notch food selection and is popular with the locals. You can find all three of these cafes in Stafford Street.

2. Restaurants
Looking for something more substantial on an evening out? The Oxford Restaurant is rated as the #1 restaurant in Timaru. The meals are large and priced well, and the menu changes from time to time. We also recommend Zest Restaurant, where the meals have a spectacular reputation, the ambiance great, and the service exceptional. Booking ahead is recommended as this is a popular place. Both these restaurants are located on Stafford Street.

3. Pubs
The Speights Ale House in George Street is one of those pubs that straddles the two worlds of pub and restaurant successfully. Located just out of town, it's a bit further to travel but has plenty of TVs for your sports watching pleasure. If you're looking for something closer to town that will serve you your favourite cocktail, try the Petite Wine & Dine in Royal Arcade, just off Stafford Street. A classy stop, with live music and knowledgeable bartenders that know what they're doing.

Your friendly hosts at Ashley Motor Lodge (Carl and Janet) have all the inside knowledge on how to make your next stay in Timaru enjoyable, whether it be for business, pleasure, or just passing through.

Do you have any recommendations of your own from your wining and dining experiences in Timaru? We'd love to hear from you. Pop over to our Facebook page and leave us a "comment".

Things to do In Timaru - Biking Holidays

Timaru is located in the beautiful South Canterbury is in the Central South Island region. It enjoys a diverse range of cycling routes through coastal tracks, river bank trails and local roads. So if you are wondering what things to do in Timaru,  consider our fast and furious mountain bike trails or our gentle, low impact trails for beginners and family groups. There's always something to guarantee a memorable experience for everyone.  Our weekends guest often use Ashley Motor lodge as a central base to enjoy regional bike trail options, and the great local activities. Here are a few to consider: 


Centenial Park - Timaru's main mountain biking area is Centennial Park, a popular spot for the South Canterbury Mountain Bike Club. ( Locals call it 'The Scenic').  The area is popular with walkers and  mountain bikers. It is a lovely park in a small valley, with a mixture of native bush, pines, gums, oaks, and other exotic trees. A small lake and carpark lies at its heart, and a stream runs through the middle. It was quarried for rocks for harbour works in both the 19th and 20th centuries. The local mountain bike club has built and maintains a number of trails that can be ridden together in a variety of different ways.. Some of the tracks must be linked up by using the walking tracks (shared use) that also run through the park. 


Alps to Ocean - Experience an unspoilt paradise where people come from all over the world to enjoy stunning, wide open spaces and untouched landscapes.  For over 300 km visitors can experience some of the most beautiful scenery New Zealand has to offer. Suitable for all ages, the trail is an easy grade, and offers a pleasing mix of on and off-road trails which link the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.


St James Cycle Trail - The 64km trail offers a mix of riding grades through stunning and diverse scenery including soaring mountain peaks, crystal clear rivers, high-country lakes, alpine meadows, sub-alpine beech forest and expansive grassy river flats. In spring the alpine meadows are in full bloom, while from summer through to mid-autumn riders can experience rich contrasting colours on long evenings, with the chance to see the famous St James wild horses.


For cyclists, there’s a huge range of opportunities for world class biking. While this blog covers mountain bike options, we will review some great road bike options in out next "Things to do in Timaru" news item. Join us and see why we believe Canterbury is one of the South Island's best cycling destinations! If you’re interested in learning more about our local walking and biking options, or general things to do in and around Timaru, then give  your friendly hosts Carl and Janet Mathewson at Ashley Motor Lodge  a call, they are always happy to help!

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