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Time to explore . . . Venture Timaru business support officer Vish Gupte (left) and operations manager Di Hay check out the new Timaru Trails app on the walkway at Caroline Bay. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Claire Allison

Visitors to Timaru and residents can now access a free app highlighting a collection of the city’s scenic, heritage and arts walking trails.

The Timaru Trails app was launched this week by Venture Timaru and is the start of a series featuring trails that are under development in the district.

“We’re excited to launch the Timaru Trails app that gives visitors and locals the opportunity to explore our district in a new way, Timaru operations manager Di Hay said.

The first trails feature Caroline Bay, the Dashing Rocks coastal walk, Timaru street art and Timaru CBD heritage.

“The beauty of the app is that you can choose to do as little or as much of any of the trails that you like, depending on the time you have available or your interest.

“Each of the trails has a series of location markers linked to points of interest along the trail and you can follow these and see exactly where you are on your phone, and where to head to the next stopping point,” she said.

The locations have short descriptions of the points of interest and for some there are links to additional information.

“For visitors, this is an internationally recognised way to find out more about the place they’re visiting and the great thing for locals is that it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our heritage and stories from this district,” Ms Hay said.

The Timaru Trails will be added to over the coming weeks, and there are plans to develop similar trails in Temuka, Geraldine and Pleasant Point.

“We’d love to get feedback from locals about the app, because it’s still very fresh, and we’re aware there may be some tweaks that are needed along the way.”

The development of the app has been made possible through funding received as part of the Government’s strategic tourism asset protection programme.

“Because of the funding we’ve been able to fast-track the development of the app, which is a huge bonus for the district. At this time with the borders closed and New Zealanders exploring more of our own country, it’s perfect timing to launch these online trails,” Ms Hay said.

Venture Timaru has been working with the South Canterbury Museum, Civic Trust and Timaru CBD Group on the project.

The app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. Feedback can be emailed to kate@venturetimaru.nzAuthentic SneakersNike Shoes