Temuka is a service town on the Canterbury Plains in the South Island, New Zealand. It is located 15 kilometres north of Timaru and 142 kilometres south of Christchurch.

While in Temuka you can visit the Richard Pearse memorial. Temuka was the home of Richard Pearse, who was the first man to fly. In 1902 Pearse flew his home-built machine for a short distance before landing ungracefully on a gorse hedge.

Temuka is a centre for stoneware production which is shown in its array of pottery shop. Other attractions visitors will enjoy are the fruit winery are fishing for quinnat salmon. A favourite fishing spot is where the Rangitata and Opihi Rivers meet the ocean.

Temuka History

Temuka is believed to have come into existence because of its closeness to convenient fords on the Temuka and Opihi Rivers, crossing places on the main north-south route in early times. The site is identical with the original Maori settlement called Arowhenua.

Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region

Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region