Attractions around the Region

Moa Valley

One hour north of Waimate inland from Timaru you will find Maori Art Drawings and Moa Valley.

Long known for its rolling hills, stunning mountain views and relaxed pace of life, the Aoraki South Canterbury region hides a lesser known secret of enormous cultural and historical significance. Ancient limestone caves and overhanging rock shelves have formed hundreds of natural art galleries.

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Moeraki Boulders

One hour south of Waimate on the East Coast you will find the Moeraki Boulders.

The Moeraki Boulders are a number of huge spherical stones, found strewn along a stretch of Koekohe Beach near Moeraki, a small settlement just south of Hampden on New Zealand’s Otago coast. These boulders are grey-coloured septarian concretions which have been exposed through shoreline erosion from black mudstone coastal cliffs that back the beach. They originally formed in ancient sea floor sediments during the early Paleocene some 60 million years ago.

The boulders weigh several tonnes and are up to three metres in diametre.

Maori legend tells that the boulders are remains of calabashes, kumaras and eel baskets that washed ashore after the legendary canoe, the Araiteuru was wrecked at nearby Shag Point (Matakaea)

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Pleasant Point

Pleasant Point is a small, friendly township that proudly lives up to its name. Is situated on State Highway 8 inland from Timaru.   Historic forms of transport are also a focus of attention nearby at aptly named Pleasant Point. Railway enthusiasts from around the globe visit the town’s museum and railway with its fully restored steam locomotives and the world’s only Ford Model T railcar. The museum holds frequent ‘steaming’ days when its engines operate short trips pulling historic railway carriages. Pleasant Point is also an ideal starting point to explore some of the region’s exceptional collection of Maori rock art. And it is also making a name for itself with an award-winning winery. And, Central South Island residents know that if you want the best custard square in the country, the only ones to try are those invented in Pleasant Point.