Caroline Bay was a summer-time Mecca for Kiwis from the 1900's until port development over the last couple of decades. In addition to the vibrant summer carnival activities staged by the Caroline Bay Association annually, Caroline Bay was famous for it's pristine soft shimmering white sand and safe swimming - better even than more famous Noosa and Bondi. I remember. I visited The Bay every year from the mid 50's until the 1970's!
To its credit Timaru has invested in significant infrastructure to support continuing seasonal interest in the precinct but port construction has resulted in 'The Bay actual' becoming now just a beach - bereft of sand and strewn with washed up flotsam. Exports obviously earn more than tourism. Go there only for the summer carnival.
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