South Canterbury NZ - Temuka
- Rivers with great sites for swimming and fishing
- Temuka Domain and camping site
- Walking and mountainbiking along the Opihi River Stop Bank track
- Richard William Pearse Memorial
- Temuka Pottery factory shop
- Try local fare at the 100% Homemade Cafe, the Jolly Potter or an evening meal at Alexanders
Popular Relaxation Stop
Early European settlers in Temuka showed great foresight by planning an extensive collection of trees in the town’s domain, creating a green and tranquil haven for campers, sportspeople, travellers and locals. The township is a popular relaxation stop with visitors and South Canterbury NZ locals alike, with its close proximity to several rivers providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and camping.
The Richard Pearse Legend
The Temuka and inland Waitohi area were once home to pioneer aviator and inventor Richard Pearse, who locals know as the man who flew before the Wright Brothers early in 1903. As debate about this fascinating piece of local history continues, make up your own mind with a stop at the monument and replica marking the location of the self-powered flight of Pearse's plane (only a few minutes drive from Temuka township).
Iconic Temuka Pottery
While not all New Zealanders have visited Temuka, most will have a little piece of the town in their kitchens! The township of Temuka has been home to the famous Temuka Pottery since 1930. In fact Temuka derives its name from the Maori "Te umu kaha", translated as "the fierce oven", an apt description for the heart of a pottery kiln!