Location of the Timaru District within the South Island
|Island||South Island / Te Waipounamu|
|District||Timaru District Council|
|• Mayor||Damon Odey|
|Time zone||UTC+12 (NZST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+13 (NZDT)|
|Website||Timaru District Council|
The Timaru District is located on the east coast of the South Island and stretches inland as far as the Main Divide. The district has a population of 47,300 (June 2018). Timaru is the main town. The next biggest towns in order are Temuka, Geraldine and Pleasant Point. Smaller settlements include Arundel, Cave, Orari and Winchester. The Timaru District Library has branches situated in Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine.
Timaru has its origins in a sheep station, The Levels, run by George Rhodes. In 1868, residents petitioned for the town to be established as a borough, and the Timaru Borough Council was proclaimed in 1868.
Aoraki Tourism is the regional tourism organisation.
- "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2018 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-18 (2017 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
- Pinney, Robert. "George Rhodes". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
- Cyclopedia Company Limited (1903). "Timaru". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Canterbury Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- Cyclopedia Company Limited (1903). "Timaru Corporation". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Canterbury Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 22 August 2015.