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Timaru is a pleasant town sitting on beautiful Caroline Bay. A busy town centre with cafés and restaurants overlooking the bay make for an enjoyable stay. The town itself has many restored Edwardian buildings and the rolling countryside inland towards Geraldine and Fairlie is stunning.  Timaru is also home to an impressive collection of ancient Maori rock art which provides a great insight into South Island Maori culture.  A short drive north of Timaru is the Pleasant Point Museum and Railway, one of New Zealand’s best preservation railways.

Full Day Guided Fly Fishing

Full Day Guided Fly Fishing

New Zealand's South Island offers an unlimited amount of fly fishing opportunities. There is just about every conceivable water type to fish: beautiful freestone rivers, clear mountain streams, open valley braids and pristine remote head water spring creeks. All of these are spectacular in every form and with big fish and stunning scenery this is New Zealand fly fishing at its best.

Pleasant Point Museum & Railway

Pleasant Point Museum & Railway

Pleasant Point Museum and Railway is an award-winning homage to the region's past.  Board the Fully restored steam train at the original Railway Station, built in 1875, which is in the center of the quaint country town of Pleasant Point. Travel down the track to the Keanes Crossing complex where there is vintage railway rolling stock; including steam locomotives an 85 ton Ab699 built in 1922 and a 16 ton D16 built-in 1878.  One of the world's only Model T Ford Railcars runs daily throughout the summer months (check the timetables).  At the historic museum, you can walk through and marvel at the interesting displays of railway memorabilia. Also, have a look at the displays of old computers and at the vintage printery see how newspapers were printed in years gone by.  Many of the machines here are more than 100 years old.  Some of the unique features of this award-winning attraction include New Zealand's only restored half-birdcage carriage built-in 1895, locomotive and wagon turntables, and the former 1912 Washdyke signal box. 

New Zealand touring ideas

A popular style of touring is to take a preplanned self drive road trip.  After a thorough consultation with you we expertly plan and create your self drive tour around New Zealand. These tours allow you the freedom to explore at leisure with the comfort and security of pre-booked activities and accommodations. Route suggestions, APP guidance plus local support mean your New Zealand vacation is in safe hands. See self drive ideas here

If you prefer to let someone else do the work then an escorted small group tour or a private guided tour might be for you. Our range of hand picked small group itineraries are ideal if you prefer to travel in the company of like minded people. Tours are limited to a certain number of participants which means different accommodation options, exclusive activities and of course a knowledgeable guide ensures you get to see the best of New Zealand. See all our small group tours here. 

A private guided tour offers true flexibility and the security of a knowledgeable local guiding you all the way. Well planned itineraries ensure you see exactly what you want to see but with your own driver-guide you can adapt to suit the day or your preference. 100% tailor-made to suit you a private tour is a great option when travelling as a small group. All our self drive itineraries can be replanned and priced using a private driver and guide, so if it is what you fancy just contact us to discuss.

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