Caroline Bay is a popular park and beach in Timaru.
After the construction of Timaru’s harbour the currents created a sandy beach. It is Timaru’s only sandy beach – in fact it is the only sandy beach between Oamaru and Banks Peninsula.
In 1902 the Borough Council leased the foreshore from the Harbour Board and decided to turn the bay into a European-style resort.
A summer carnival has been held at Caroline Bay since 1911.
As well as the summer carnival rides and sideshow games Caroline Bay has many facilities including a children’s playground, free barbeques, an outdoor gym equipment circuit, beach volleyball courts, mini golf, tennis courts, skate park and a small train offering rides.
The Trevor Griffiths Rose Gardens are also located within the park. You can read more about the rose gardens in my blog post here.
The Piazza crosses the railway line connecting the Timaru CBD with Caroline Bay. Pedestrian access is via a grand staircase or lift.
Caroline Bay is also home to Timaru’s Little Blue Penguins. The penguins nestle up in the rocks next to Marina Parade. The footpath on Marina Parade is the best place to view them after sunset.