Silversea Luxury Cruises A Timaru

Named by the Maoris as Te Maru – which translates as 'Place of Shelter' - you're guaranteed a warm and refreshing welcome here. The location means Timaru has understandably been adopted as something of a pitstop for road trips by many but with charming Edwardian architecture a lively port and prime fishing opportunities - there is a lot to keep you hooked. Beachside charm awaits at Caroline Bay while birds tweet and chatter in the botanical gardens where pink and purple petalled flowers unfold. View more

The diverse museum exhibits everything from aviation history to hunting wares and whaling tusks - and the town boasts the third biggest art gallery in all of New Zealand - which is adorned with colour and creativity. Paths weave along the stunning coastline with waves washing below and seabirds soaring on the breeze. Caroline Bay’s beaches are also home to a colony of blue penguins who return to the shelter of their sandy burrows as the sun dips. If you choose to venture inland you can witness the rise of mighty Mount Cook and the glorious glaciers that spill down from its icy heights. Head to the glowing turquoise Lake Pukaki for some of the best of New Zealand’s cinematic fantasy landscapes and to immerse yourself in the mystical settings where scenes from The Hobbit films were shot. Hike the lake - surrounded by the majesty of the Southern Alps - or cycle pathways alongside scenic salmon-filled waterways.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursões em Timaru

Alpine Lakes & Mount Cook National Park

Travel over farmland until you reach the Mackenzie basin where the landscape and farming changes dramatically. This is the domain of merino sheep and iconic high country stations but the landscape is dominated by the Southern Alps and its glacial lakes.

Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepherd, Morning Tea

Your first stop is at Lake Tekapo, a small town that faces north over this remarkable turquoise lake with stunning views of the glacial valleys that feed it. On the shores of the lake you will see the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake. The church was built in 1935 for the pioneer families of the Mackenzie district and is still used as a place of worship. Enjoy a light morning tea.

Mount Cook National Park, Lake Pukaki

Travel to Lake Pukaki over one of the many hydro canals that criss cross the Mackenzie Basin. Sourced from the Tasman Glacier (New Zealand's longest at 29km), Lake Pukaki borders the eastern slopes of New Zealand's greatest alpine park - Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. It is the largest of three lakes in the region which also encompasses the country's highest mountains (19 peaks over 3000 metres) and a series of glaciers that cover 40 percent of the park. Aoraki Mount Cook (3754 metres /12300 feet) and the National Park form part of Te Waipounamu - South Westland World Heritage Area in recognition of its outstanding natural values.

Panoramic Views, High Country Salmon Farm, Kiwi Style BBQ Lunch

Travelling from Lake Pukaki we pass the hydro town of Twizel and Lake Ruataniwha, before a short stop is made at the High Country Salmon Farm. Enjoy a delicious kiwi style BBQ lunch and afterwards some shopping (time permitting) at the town of Omarama, a location renowned for its gliding and clear night skies. The journey then travels out the Waitaki Valley crossing two hydro dams by Lake Benmore and Lake Aviemore before travelling through rolling farmlands back to the port of Timaru.

Alps-to-Ocean Bicycle Trail

Experience the lakes and mountains of the Southern Alps in a unique new way during this scenic and invigorating, full-day bicycle excursion.

Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately, 1.5-hour drive to Lake Tekapo, a turquoise glacier-lake with a stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps at its head. After a brief photo stop here, continue on to Lake Pukaki, the starting-point for your bicycle tour. After receiving your safety and riding instructions, you are fitted for your mountain bike, helmet and safety vest prior to getting started.

Mount Cook Salmon Farm, Tekapo Hydro Canal, Southern Alps, Mackenzie Basin

Your cycling route begins near the Mount Cook Salmon Farm, where you may see salmon feeding. The trail (a mixture of sealed paths and gravel track) runs alongside the Tekapo Hydro Canal, and follows it downhill and along the edge of Lake Pukaki. Whilst riding along the lake shoreline, take in stunning panoramic vistas of the Southern Alps, Lake Pukaki and Mackenzie Basin.

Mount Cook, Picnic-Style Lunch

Upon reaching the head of Lake Pukaki and end of your trail, take in spectacular views of Aoraki Mount Cook (weather-permitting). Here, a stop is made for a picnic-style lunch, hot/cold drinks and complimentary wine/beer, or perhaps even some fresh salmon from the shop. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.

Erewhon Station – A Unique High Country Experience

Take an unforgettable journey into the Canterbury high country to visit one of New Zealand's most famous and stunning high country stations, Erewhon Station. Erewhon Station is a 35,000 acre property situated at the foot hills of the Southern Alps.

Canterbury High Country, Panoramic Views & Photo Stops, Morning Tea in Mt. Somers

Depart the port via coach and travel across the vast Canterbury plains, the largest area of flat land in New Zealand and then heads into the stunning Canterbury high country with its rugged mountain ranges, crystal blue lakes and fresh crisp mountain air. Take the advantage of a several stops along the way for great photo opportunities and to enjoy a morning tea in Mt Somers, a small town in the foothill of the Southern Alps.

'Edoras' & Erewhon Station Experience with Lunch

Continue towards the mountains and past the site of a Lord of the Rings filming location 'Edoras' on Mt Sunday where you will have another photo stop before continuing on the road to Erewhon Station itself. Erewhon is a play on the word "nowhere" spelt backwards. Meet the owners of the property, Colin and Erin and learn about the working high country station that farms Merino sheep, Hereford cattle, deer and also a large Clydesdale horse stud. The Clydesdale horses still undertake lot of the work on the property including using towering wagons and working the fields by towing plows. Your time at the property will be spent enjoying a unique Clydesdale horse wagon ride experience, watching a working horse demonstration, watching a sheep shearing demonstration and enjoying a delicious picnic lunch in the mountains. A truly unique experience not to be missed.

After enjoying these unique experiences you will make your way back to the ship.

Longbeach Estate & Farm with Lunch

Explore the farming legacy of the Canterbury region during this picturesque, full-day excursion to the Longbeach Estate with lunch.

Canterbury Region, Longbeach Estate and Station

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 70-minute drive to the Longbeach Estate. Founded in 1864, it was the Canterbury region's original sheep-farming station, and spanned approximately 30,000 acres (about 12,140-hectares). The Station was a self-supporting community with its own post office, school, general store, flour mill, brick works, church, smithy, bakery, and cook-house, and employed a permanent staff of 200 farmhands. The Station has remained in the same family since 1864, but is currently comprised of approximately 3,000 acres (about 1,214 hectares). Farming practices here consist of prime lamb production, wool, cereal and grass-seed crops, and a dairy-farming unit.

Farm, Gardens, Historic Buildings, Lunch

The Station is famous for its farming history, historic buildings, and stunning gardens consisting of sweeping lawns and gardens. Today, the station holds many functions, including weddings. Upon arrival, meet the owners of the property, learn about its fascinating history, and take a guided walking tour of the gardens and historic buildings, along with a coach tour through the farm. Following your tour, proceed for lunch served at the Estate.

Tin Shed, Merino Wool Garments, Free Time

Next, re-board your coach and continue on for a visit to the Tin Shed, a souvenir shop specialising in Merino Wool garments. Following some free time to browse the items available for sale, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.

Oamaru & Moeraki Boulders

Explore the evolution of the South Island during this memorable, full-day sightseeing excursion to Oamaru and the Moeraki Boulders.

Oamaru, Historic Buildings, Shops, Galleries, Traditional Crafts, Victorian Streetscapes

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive to Oamaru. Oamaru has a rich history and proud heritage, enriched by the passionate and perhaps quirky locals. Upon arrival and following a comfort stop, explore the historic buildings of Oamaru, along with shops, galleries and traditional crafts within some of the Southern Hemisphere's most complete Victorian streetscapes and 19th-century architecture.

Moeraki Boulders, Morning Tea, Free Time

Next, re-board your coach and drive to the Moeraki Boulders, a group of large spherical 'stones' on Koekohe Beach near Moeraki on New Zealand's Otago coast. These boulders are actually concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs, and are among the most fascinating and popular attractions on the South Island. Upon arrival, enjoy morning tea and some free time to explore the boulders at your leisure.

Lunch, Flower & Vegetable Gardens, Riverstone Country Gift Shop

Leaving the boulders, re-board your coach and begin the drive back towards Timaru. En route, a stop is made for lunch at the award-winning restaurant, Riverstone Kitchen. After lunch, take a stroll through the vast flower and vegetable gardens, and explore the Riverstone Country Gift Shop, which overflows with homewares, giftware, kitchen equipment, jewellery, toys, and lots more.

Dot's Castle, Moat, Turrets, Dungeons, Suits of Armour

See Dot's Castle from the gardens at Riverstone. This building was Dot's dream from childhood, and features a moat, turrets, dungeons and suits of armour. It is Dot and Neil's home, so it's not open to the public, but you can admire the castle's architecture from the gardens. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.

Te Ana Maori Rock Art

Your journey begins at Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre where local Māori guides from the Ngāi Tahu tribe will share their knowledge of the traditional practice of rock drawing, and the history of Māori settlement in the region. A unique interpretive centre, Te Ana houses eight pieces of Māori rock art removed from sites in the early 1900s, alongside the work of contemporary tribal artists influenced by these ancient designs.

Following your centre visit, travel to Ōpihi to explore the Māori rock art sites in the landscape, and gain an understanding of the lifeways of the people that created them. On a property managed by the local Ngāi Tahu Māori tribe you will have an opportunity to see drawings which document the history of Māori occupation in the area, from the early 'Moa-hunter' period of settlement, through to the time of European arrival. As kaitiaki or guardians of the sites, the Ngāi Tahu tribe has initiated a long-term project to protect and enhance the natural and cultural values on this property. This ecological restoration has begun with over half of native plants and trees already installed in the valley. Te Ana is a nonprofit organisation, with all proceeds from tours being used exclusively for the management of these treasured sites.

Your tour concludes back at the pier.

The Road to Mesopotamia

Escape the crowds and embark on a journey up the glacial carved Rangitata Valley to visit the historic Mesopotamia sheep station, located in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Travelling from the Timaru port by coach your guide will describe the areas farming practices its rich history and point out the natural features as we travel. Your first stop is at the vibrant country town of Geraldine, well known for its cafes, art and the Giant Jersey, also known as the world's largest jersey.

Next visit Peel Forest Park with its ancient podocarp forest, with a chance for a short forest walk to see the 1000-year-old Totara tree, or enjoy the birdsong of the native bellbird, perhaps even an encounter with a fantail or native keruru (wood pigeon). After leaving Peel Forest Park pass by other stations starting with the historic Mt Peel, White Rock, Rata Peaks, Ben Mcleod and Forest Creek. As many of the stations operate their own game parks you can often see wild game and trophy animals in the paddocks along the way. Once you reach Mesopotamia Station, visit the Mesopotamia School where a sumptuous home cooked style lunch is served. After lunch, enjoy an authentic demonstration of sheep shearing and sheepdogs working at the woolshed.

You will have some free time to take photographs and take in the vastness of Rangitata River valley with its stunning panorama of glaciers and snowfields. You will understand just why this landscape was chosen as the site for Edoras and Helms Deep in the "Lord of the Rings" movies.

Stop at the Tin Shed on the journey back to Timaru Port (time permitting), where a range of quality clothing and products can be purchased.

Timaru & Geraldine Drive

Discover the coastal beauty and highlights of Timaru and its surrounds during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.

Timaru City Tour, Botanical Gardens

Depart the pier for a scenic, approximately 30-minute orientation drive through Timaru. Your first stop is the verdant Botanical Gardens. Marvel at the superb collections of diverse as Australian plants, conifers and rose species. Of special note is a border containing the native plants of the Canterbury region. In addition, endangered plants from around the world can be seen in part of the conservatory complex.

Geraldine, Barkers Fruit Processors, Talbot Forest Cheese Shop, Tastings and Shopping

Next, re-board your coach and continue on to your next stop, Geraldine. Located in the heart of a prosperous farming area, Geraldine is especially renowned for its artists and as a haven for retired Kiwis. There are also excellent food outlets, including Barkers Fruit Processors, where you can shop and sample their wonderful fruit juices, jams, condiments and toppings. Adjacent to Barkers is the Talbot Forest Cheese Shop, where you can also shop and sample some fresh local cheeses.

Caroline Bay Park, Timber Boardwalk, Artificial Sand Dunes, Native Grasses, Wetlands

Your last stop is at Caroline Bay, home to the annual Caroline Bay Carnival, which takes place during the summer and attracts visitors from all over New Zealand. The highlight of Caroline Bay Park is the timber boardwalk on the beach, which winds around the artificial sand dunes, and is implanted with native grasses and wetland. At the conclusion of your tour, you may opt to re-board the coach and commence the short drive back to the pier, or return to the pier on-foot.

Timaru Discovery Walk

Experience the exquisite beauty of the Pacific coast of New Zealand on-foot during this panoramic, half-day excursion at Timaru.

Timaru, Caroline Bay, Memorial Walkway, Benvenue Cliffs, Panoramic Views

Depart the pier for the guided stroll towards beautiful Caroline Bay, voted one of the Top 10 beaches on the Pacific Coast, via the Memorial Walkway. Here, view display panels erected in honour of New Zealand's war heroes, then continue walking along the boardwalk towards the beach and a sealed cliff path to Benvenue Cliffs. A photo stop is made at the cliffs for splendid views over Caroline Bay, and to learn about Timaru's worst shipwreck.

Bay Hill, Morning/Afternoon Tea, Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden

Upon reaching Bay Hill, a stop is made to rest, take in the panoramic views, and enjoy morning or afternoon tea. Afterward, descend to the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden, a sensational collection featuring more than 1,000 of the world's best roses, architecturally designed by renowned architect Sir Miles Warren.

Timaru Piazza, Landing Services Building, Te Ana Maori Rock Art

Next, walk up the steps to the Timaru Piazza and Landing Services Building, the last remaining building of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. Upon arrival, a final stop is made at Te Ana Maori Rock Art for a guided, visual and interactive Maori cultural tour. Following your visit, commence a short walk back to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.