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Situated 18 kilometres north of Timaru on State Highway 1, Temuka is a picturesque town with an energetic community that takes great pride in its heritage - a heritage that saw local farmer Richard Pearse rival the Wright Brothers as the first man to fly (some world aviation authorities still say he was, and try telling a local he wasn’t!).
Although the town is renowned for its 'Temuka Pottery', Temuka’s economy is based mainly on agriculture and associated industries. The giant Fonterra dairy factory at Clandeboye is the area’s largest employer and stock sales are held in Temuka each Monday. A strong rural community is still very established and recognisable here.
Locals enjoy the friendly, easy-going lifestyle Temuka brings. Families, retired couples and those starting out are taking the opportunity to settle in Temuka for the host of attractions within easy reach, from one of New Zealand’s best and prettiest golf courses to some of the finest trout and salmon fishing in the world and of course the ever popular whitebaiting at the local river mouths. Anglers from all over the world have long been drawn to Temuka by its reputation for fine fishing rivers, especially where the Rangitata and Opihi meet the vast Pacific Ocean.
Although close to Timaru, Temuka is self-sufficient, with a full range of medical facilities and dozens of community service organisations. The community also supports over 30 hobby groups and over 30 sporting and recreational groups. Great medical facilities, schools and churches all add to the appeal.
Visitors and new arrivals are invariably impressed by the warm, out-going friendliness of the local people, a special trait for which Temuka is renowned. They are fiercely proud of their town, and proud that so many people should want to visit.
Temuka Information Centre
72-74 King Street
Phone: (03) 615 9537
Fax: (03) 615 9538
An airplane at Waitohi commemorates Richard Pearse, the local farmer who many claim achieved powered flight before the Wright brothers did.
The Fonterra Dairy Company at nearby Clandeboye is the second largest in the southern hemisphere and can be visited by arrangement.
The Temuka Pottery in Thomas St conducts weekly tours and the factory shop on the Temuka bypass is open seven days.
Many nearby waterways, especially the Rangitata and Opihi river mouths, provide excellent sea-run trout and salmon fishing. Temuka is also an ideal base for those wishing to fish the Waitaki, the Rakaia or the lakes of the Mackenzie Country and Waitaki Basin.
The heritage Pioneer Heritage Trail can be picked up at Geraldine or Temuka.
Temuka has a number of restaurants, including:
(03) 615 7202
The Jolly Potter
(03) 615 7033
Kavanagh House Licensed Café
(03) 615 6150
The Temuka taxi service is:
(03) 615 6226
There is a local bus service connecting Temuka with Timaru. Further details available at Environment Canterbury (03) 688 9069
0800 188 988
(03) 471 4103
Temuka Museum is open 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Fridays and Sundays, or by arrangement. It does not have a telephone but enquiries are welcome at the Information Centre: (03) 615 9537.
Temuka Community Centre
(03) 615 7542
Temuka Family Practice (Drs K Burton & B Moore)
(03) 615 9920
Dr RW Hilliker
(03) 615 7677
Temuka Healthcare (Dr Vara)
(03) 615 8284
Timaru Public Hospital
The early childhood facilities in Temuka include:
Country Kids Early Learning Centre
(03) 615 7330
Rhona Day Free Kindergarten
(03) 688 0850
Rata Free Kindergarten
(03) 688 1991
The primary schools in Temuka are:
Temuka Primary School
(03) 615 7178
St Josephs Primary School
(03) 615 8206
Arowhenua Maori School
(03) 615 7391
(03) 615 7040
(03) 615 9436
The secondary school in Temuka is:
(03) 615 7442
Tertiary institutions in nearby Timaru are:
(03) 684 8240
0800 4 AORAKI
Christchurch College of Education South Canterbury Campus
(03) 688 8163
Among Temuka’s many sporting organisations are:
Temuka Bowling Club
(03) 615 6257
Temuka Golf Club
(03) 615 7139
Temuka Squash Club
(03) 615 7075
Temuka Rugby Football Club Inc
(03) 615 9296
Temuka Pony Club
(03) 615 8509
Temuka Community Fitness Centre
(03) 615 9151
Fish & Game New Zealand Central South Island Region
(03) 615 8400
Mt Dobson, Fox Peak, Mt Hutt and Ohau skifields are not far away.