Living in Timaru

Live & Work

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy in the South Canterbury region. These include trails for walking, running, and cycling. We are just a short drive from the famous Fairlie Bakehouse, Tekapo Observatory, Tekapo Hot Pools, ski fields, great places for fishing, hunting, and exploring Mount Cook. As well as Christchurch City and the many beaches around Dunedin. This central location means you can visit a lot of different places during your time here!


Caroline Bay has been rated one of the top 10 beaches in New Zealand, there are little blue penguins on the beach that you can see at night while walking along the boardwalk, as well as some seals that rest on the rocks at South Beach. There is a great walk to the Lighthouse, as well as around the Geraldine Forest and the Waimate Hills where you can see the wallabies. There is also Horse trekking in Peel Forest as well as farm tours in Geraldine.

Horse Trekking

Peel Forest Horse Trekking prides itself in giving riders something to remember!

Walking & Tramping

No matter where you are, or how long you've got, there's a walk for everyone. Take a break in the outdoors and get in touch with nature.

Farm Tours

Geraldine Farm Tours will ensure you have the opportunity which will give you the hands on, working farm experience of a lifetime.

Eat & Drink

Timaru also has some great food options from cafes such as Harlau House Café, Arthur Street Kitchen and Replenish whose menu caters to vegan and all dietary requirements, sourcing seasonal local produce. There are also great restaurant options with Oxford, Sukhothai, Street Food Kitchen and Saikou. As well as the local farmers market that runs on a Saturday morning with small local businesses selling food and other products.

Timaru District Markets

Get up early and make your way to Timaru District's farmer's markets.

Restaurants & Bars

Local restaurants and bars in the Timaru region.

Fresh & Local

Fresh and local produce from the Timaru region.

Working at
M A Orchards

At M A Orchards we rely heavily on seasonal workers from around our area and beyond. Between November through to May we have plenty of job opportunities.

Working In NZ

There are a few requirements for working in New Zealand. Find out more about working holiday visas, the RSE scheme, NZ tax number and insurance.

Honey Crisp Apples

Organic production sustains the health of the environment, ecosystem and people. Organic farmers only avoid synthetic and soluble fertilisers.