Leaving Oamaru we headed for the Phar Lap Raceway in Timaru for our next stop.
Phar Lap was New Zealand’s most famous champion Thoroughbred racehorse. His achievements over four years from 1928 until his sudden death in 1932 captured the public’s interest. Born just out of Timaru, he was sold at the Trentham Yearly sales and trained and raced by Harry Telford in Australia. At the time of his death he was the third highest stake winner in the world.
After a couple of hours wandering around the bay we had lunch before heading to the botanical gardens before returning to camp. The grounds were very wet when we arrived and we were advised not to park on the grass, so we found a good spot on the seal for the first night.. Returning later in the afternoon we discovered four more vans and our site was gone so we found a reasonably dry spot on the grass and we had no problem getting off in the morning.