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The township of Pareora is 14 km south of Timaru. It grew up around a freezing works which opened in 1904 and still operates. The Pareora River drains the northern Hunters Hills. The lower gorge of the Pareora River has been the source of Timaru’s water since 1874.

Meaning of place name
Named after the Pareora River. The name may originally have been Pureora, a rite performed for the recovery of the sick, and was named by the early explorer Rakaihautu