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

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.

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.

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.