Caroline Bay Walk

Walking & Off-road Cycling

Locality Timaru Central, Map No. 1, Time 45 minutes

Please note that as of the 3/11/2021 a section of track beginning at the intersection where the Benvenue Track meets Vitrue Avenue will be closed till further notice.

Start at the bottom of the Piazza steps. The Trevor Griffiths Rose garden is opposite and is well worth a visit. Follow the Willow walk to the right. Cross over the road and follow the Memorial walkway back towards the Caroline Bay Community Lounge.

The Memorial Wall was built in the 1920s to commemorate the land and sea battles in which New Zealanders fought in the Great Wars. When this wall was built it marked the line where land and sea met.

Turn right onto the diagonal path and left at the fountain. Continue towards the Community Lounge.

The Palliser Fountain is on the corner of the lawn on the left side towards the end of the wall. In summer this area is busy with the carnival rides. Turn right at the end of the wall, pass the back of the Community Lounge, and left to continue across the car park or grassed area alongside. Follow the road up to the railway bridge.

Take the cliff path up to the Benvenue Cliffs and enjoy the view of Caroline Bay, Beckett's Lighthouse is to the north of the bridge. Cross the footbridge over the rail-way line to Benvenue Avenue. On your left you pass the ASB Tennis Centre and the CBAY Trust Aoraki Centre. Walk back down Virtue Avenue and follow the track to the right behind the Bay tennis courts to the Aviary. Take the right diagonal path and turn left at the Bay Tea Rooms. Continue walking on this path through the Sound Shell until you reach the Piazza.

For a shorter walk (30 minutes) exclude the Benvenue Cliffs.


  • Views of Caroline Bay, Dashing Rocks and mountains from Piazza
  • Swimming pool and playground for children. Picnic area close by
  • Wheelpark for skateboarders, roller- blades and scooters
  • Carnival at Christmas
  • Aviary
  • Sound shell for concerts
  • Wheelchair access on Bay only, not on Benvenue Cliffs
  • Dogs allowed on the beach in winter only

Last updated: 03 Nov 2021