Timaru and South Canterbury Parks and Reserves we Maintain

Mid-LAND Contracting maintain a number of Gardens and reserves on being of the Timaru District Council.  Below is a description of the gardens and some interesting background information on each. Click on the links below to be taken to this information.

Timaru Botanic Gardens

The Timaru Botanic gardens has wide open spaces carefully planned for enjoyment no matter what the season.

Over 30 plant collections include New Zealand’s largest collection of species roses, a “Shakespeare Theme Walk”, Trees of the World, a historic walk, two ponds, a large conservatory and a detailed education centre displaying posters, photographs and brochures as well as comprehensive hands-on displays.

Timaru's Botanic Gardens is one of few places left to nurture some natives threatened with extinction. They, along with rare and endangered species from several countries, are protected here.

Opening Hours
OPEN: Summer 8.00am-dusk; Winter 8.00am-5.00pm
Conservatory: Week days 10.00am-4.00pm, Weekends & Public Holidays 2.00pm-4.00pm
Education Centre: Wednesdays & Sundays 2.00pm-4.00pm, or by appointment
Main entrance Queen Street

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Centennial Park

The Timaru Centennial Park, also known as the Scenic Reserve, is a large tract of land bought by the Timaru Borough Council in 1934 bringing the country to town.

The land was increased by the donation of a further 16 acres from George Bowker to provide better access to the park.

The Bluestone Bowker Gateway was opened in 1940.

A 3.5km walkway follows an old railway line from Gleniti Road to the Bowker Gateway. A recreation area surrounding the man-made lake was planted by members of the Centennial Park Trust and 100 pin oaks plus blocks of native trees enhance the entire park. Free access makes this a popular family picnic venue.

In recent times Centennial Park has become a popular spot for mountain bikers with more tracks being created and maintained over time and also a BMX park which has proven to be very popular.

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Aigantigne Gardens & Gallery

Lime trees (Tilia) planted by the original owner of this property in the early 1900s are protected by the Timaru District Council

James Grant created a spacious garden at Aigantigne before giving his grand home to the city of Timaru to be used as "a place of rest and leisure".

Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Camellias and other reliable perennials and shrubs border the sweeping lawns. An art gallery, now acclaimed as one of the best in the country, was established in 1956.

It has since been extended and, as well as owning its own extensive collection, it hosts several touring exhibitions annually.

While wandering in the peaceful grounds visitors may enjoy the sculpture garden which was put in place in 1990 after an International Stone Carving Symposium was held in South Canterbury.

49 Wai-iti Road, Timaru
OPEN: Tuesday-Friday 11.00am-4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 2.00pm-4.30pm

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Other Gardens and other Towns

Other areas within the Timaru District that Mid-LAND Contracting maintain are:
  •  Waimataitai Beach Reserve
  •  Patiti Point Reserve
  •  Dashing Rocks/Salt Water Creek walkways
  •  Timaru Library
  •  Alexandra Square
  •  Timaru Cemetery plus many more parks and playgrounds
  •  Garden street plots and trees
  •  The CBD area
  •  Timaru Council Flats
  •  North and South City entrances 
  •  Various schools around Timaru
  •  Mid-LAND Contracting also carries out maintenance at the Alpine Energy Stadium in conjunction with the South Canterbury Rugby Union

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Other Towns


Temuka Domain, Domain Avenue; 18km north of Timaru on SH1
Tree planting began in the 1800s in Temuka’s large Domain. The resulting arboretum of mature trees is diverse and colourful. Native plants, a rose garden and bedding displays also feature here which is situated next to the town’s golf course and is  home to several sports clubs.

Other area's in Temuka that Mid-LAND Contracting maintain include;
  • Torepe Sports Fields
  • Taumatakahu Stream Reserve
  • Temuka Cemetery
  • Gunnion Square sports fields
  • Buzan Square
  • Playgrounds and schools
  • Temuka Council Flats
  • Town entrance ways.

Pleasant Point
  • School
  • Ngaitahu Properties
  • TDC Housing
  • Various Privet Jobs
Plus a number of other areas within South Canterbury including:
  • Winchester
  • Geraldine
  • Arundel
  • Woodbury
  • Pareora
  • Rural Plots

Mid-LAND Contracting also maintains camping areas for the Department of Conservation from Peel Forest in the north down to Otaio Gorge and Mt Nimrod in the South.
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