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information. Timaru owes its existence to the shelter
provided by reefs of solidified lava (bluestone) from
an extinct volcano beyond the town, named Mt Horrible.
Early Maori canoeing down the coast named Te Maru, 'The
Shelter'. Timaru boasts many points of interest, including
one of the largest man-made harbours in the world; the
last remaining landing service building in the southern
hemisphere; the famous and very safe beach of Caroline
Bay, beautiful churches, gardens and parks, Edwardian
architecture, theatre, art gallery and Museum. Timaru
sits at the doorstep of many inland lakes where sailing,
water skiing, boating, windsurfing and fishing are popular
summer pastimes. At least five Central South Island ski
fields are within easy distance - all less than two hours'
drive from the coast. Whether it's dropping a line from
the wharf at Timaru in the hope of hooking a fish, sailing
offshore on the sparkling Pacific Ocean, or tramping in
nature's bush-clad hills, there's something to interest
the whole family.