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Discover Caroline Bay in Canterbury: The essential guide for an unforgettable vacation.

Caroline Bay is a charming seaside destination located in the Canterbury region of New Zealand. With its golden sandy beach, boardwalk and beautiful scenery, Caroline Bay is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. In this guide, we will provide you with detailed information on activities, accommodation, restaurants and travel tips to make the most of your visit to Caroline Bay.

Caroline Bay

What to do in Caroline Bay?

Caroline Bay offers a wide range of exciting activities to suit all tastes. Check out our activity comparison chart to find the one that suits you best.

Activity Recommended number of people Approximate price Location
Sailing on a sailboat 1-10 $80 – $150 Caroline Bay
Biking on the boardwalk 1-10 $20 – $40 (bike rental) Caroline Bay
Playing golf at Highfield Golf Course 1-4 $30 – $50 Timaru
Visiting Timaru Botanic Gardens 1-15 Free Timaru
Exploring South Canterbury Museum 1-10 Voluntary donation Timaru

Hotels and apartments near Caroline Bay

Find the perfect accommodation for your visit to Caroline Bay with our hotel and apartment comparison table:

Hotel Name Stars Approximate price Location Main Services
Bay Viaduct Motor Lodge 4 $120 – $180 Caroline Bay Free Wi-Fi, free parking, air-conditioned rooms
The Grosvenor Hotel 3 $100 – $150 Timaru Free Wi-Fi, free parking, restaurant
Timaru TOP 10 Holiday Park 3 $40 – $150 (camping/cabin) Timaru Beach, free Wi-Fi, pool, free parking
Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers 3 $60 – $120 Timaru Free Wi-Fi, free parking, shared kitchen
Glendeer Lodge 4 $180 – $250 Timaru Free Wi-Fi, free parking, breakfast included, garden

Places and sites of interest near Caroline Bay.

Caroline Bay is surrounded by cultural and natural attractions. Some of the highlights include:

Caroline Bay Boardwalk
Timaru Botanic Gardens
South Canterbury Museum
Maori Park

Where to eat in Caroline Bay?

Enjoy delicious dining options in and around Caroline Bay with our restaurant comparison table:

Nombre del restaurante Tipo de comida Precio aproximado Ubicación Mejores platos
The Oxford Restaurant Cocina local y europea $25 – $45 Timaru Mariscos, filete de cordero, postres caseros
Richard Pearse Family Restaurant Cocina neozelandesa $15 – $35 Timaru Pescado y papas fritas, hamburguesas, ensaladas
Eruption Brewing Cervecería y pizzería $20 – $40 Timaru Pizza artesanal, cervezas locales
Fusion Restaurant Café & Bar Cocina internacional $20 – $45 Timaru Sushi, curry tailandés, risotto
Seafarers Restaurant Mariscos y carnes $30 – $60 Timaru Langosta, filete, pescado fresco

Caroline Bay Weather

Caroline Bay has a temperate oceanic climate with warm summers and cool winters. Average summer temperatures (December to February) range from 15 to 22 degrees Celsius, while winter temperatures (June to August) range from 5 to 12 degrees Celsius. Humidity in Caroline Bay is moderate and rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year.


The best time to visit Caroline Bay is during the summer months, when temperatures are warm and conditions are ideal for beach and outdoor activities.

Where is Caroline Bay and how to get there?

Caroline Bay is located in the Canterbury region, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The nearest town is Timaru, a short distance from the bay. To get to Caroline Bay, you can fly into Timaru Airport and rent a car or take a cab to get to the bay.

Flight prices vary according to season and departure location. From Timaru Airport, the drive to Caroline Bay takes approximately 10 minutes. You can also take a cab from the airport, which takes approximately 10 minutes and costs between $20 and $30.

Once in Caroline Bay, you can use local transportation services or rent a car to get around the area and explore the beautiful Canterbury region.