Getting Here and Around in Timaru

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Getting Here and Around

State Highway 1 will take you to points south from Christchurch, including Timaru. If you take State Highway 1, be prepared to share the lanes with long-haul trucks, sheep trucks, and logging vehicles. Buses to Dunedin and Invercargill pass through Timaru on the coast. Just north of the city, the turn inland at Washdyke (up State Highway 8) to Pleasant Point heads on to Mt. Cook and Queenstown.

Timaru's main shopping street, Stafford Street, was, until a few years ago, also the main road south. State Highway 1 now bypasses the main street, so to get into the center of town take a left turn off Theodesia Street at the top of the Bay Hill (it's signposted). This will also get you to the port area and Caroline Bay. To head south continue along the Theodesia Street section of State Highway 1.

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