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Timaru, New Zealand (Port of Entry)

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44°23.46′S, 171°15.74′E
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Timaru is an agricultural service port, and the second largest fishing port in New Zealand.

Cruising the region

Bill McIndoe reports: "I do not recommend Timaru for yachts unless you have friends there or local knowledge.".

Perhaps one would be best served continuing to nearby Oamaru or Christchurch / Lyttleton.


Local weather conditions?

Sources for Weather forecasts:


Land Information NZ
NZ6422 Approaches to Timaru: Timaru Harbour


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


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The Navionics chart indicates a large and well-dredged man-made harbour but little or no anchorage room.


Timaru is port of entry to New Zealand. If this is not a port of entry omit this section, otherwise submit details about facilities for checking in - location of immigration & customs, etc.

Berthing Describe here the berthing options of this port. Are there moorings or you have to anchor? Do most boats moor side-to, stern-to, or bow-to? Etc.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


  • Some local yachts appear to be moored fore-and-aft in a limited number of spaces at the southern arm of the anchorage, outside the grain silos, and more just inside the inner breakwater. Shore access appears to be limited.

Yacht Repairs and Services

List services. If no services are available on the island write "None" and remove all the subsections (Marine Stores, & Repairs/Yards, & Fuel, Water, & Electricity.

Marine Stores

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Fuel, Water, & Electricity

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water notes
electricity notes

Things to do Ashore


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Grocery & Supply Stores





Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal



List transportation (local and/or international.)

Routes/Passages To/From


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forum Discussions

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