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Timaru City Parks

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 19 ?

Gnarl Factor: 14 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush





Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.5%


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In an anti-clockwise route follow the Centennial Park walkway through to the end (~2.5km), and then come back along the MTB tracks. At the BMX track veer right and follow the walkway all the down to the beach (~4km). Follow the beach walkways north right out to the end of South Point, which is the end of the rock wall protecting the wharf. Back track along the rock wall, round the log yard through the Port, and onto the beautiful Caroline Bay.
Head up onto the Benvenue Cliffs at the end of Caroline Bay, across the rail bridge and down into Ashbury Park. Head for the Briscoes on the far side, up Grasmere St, Park Lane and right onto Wai-iti Rd. After 300m you will see Westend Park, head through there and up Maltby Ave and you will find yourself back at Centennial Park. Keep your dog on a lead through Caroline Bay.

You get to run along the old tram way in Centennial Park and around the old quarries.

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Lots of parking near start.

4 km

10 minutes




Most of this run is on Timaru Walkways, so just follow your nose.

Perfect throughout.


Close to town, drinking water at Caroline Bay and in Centennial Park


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Trail Reviews

This a fantastic way to get a bit of trail in if you cannot get to the mountains from Timaru. Favorite part is the Centennial Park, where if you want to have a bit more technical and undulating hills, stick to the outer mountain bike tracks. Also would leave the park for last.

Michael Dickerson

August 4, 2019

I did all of the course, however due to a slight lack of clarity in the instructions, I did it slightly out of order. To do it the way it was written you need to veer right at the bottom of the road once you have entered the park, and over the newish large swing bridge... not go left as I did.That being said, if I was writing the course, I would have written it the way I did it... I ran the trail to the sea first, then along the coast and through the port area, then the streets back to Centennial Park and had the best trails through the park for last. My Garmin made it 23.39km with a little over 200 vert.

Mike Tennent

October 30, 2018

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