The pretty country town of Geraldine lies on the scenic inland route (SH72) and is located 130 km south of Christchurch International Airport. The town makes an excellent first or last night stopover for international arrivals seeking to explore the South Island as it is the gateway to the Starlight Highway leading to the UNESCO International Dark Skies Reserve at Tekapo and onwards to Mount Cook and the Southern Lakes. Geraldine accommodation offers a selection of choices such as motels, holiday parks and country lodges. more
Artists and crafts people have long called Geraldine home, resulting in a cosmopolitan arty vibe in the town centre, which is peppered with funky eateries and outstanding coffee spots.
Nestled among the cafes can be found art galleries and boutique retailers offering everything from designer fashions to New Zealand wool products, handmade gifts and locally produced cheeses, chocolates and preserves.
Geraldine's beautiful gardens and gracious exotic trees are a delightful setting for the many festivals held across the seasons which celebrate the town’s, diversity, lovely gardens and thriving arts scene. The town boasts two excellent museums - the first historical and then the Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, which has a fascinating collection of vintage vehicles dating back to 1905.
To see some majestic specimens of ancient podocarp forest, visit the Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve, just a 5 minute walk from the town centre or stroll along the colourful rhododendron walk alongside the Waihi River, an oasis in the centre of town. Peel Forest Park, 19km north of Geraldine, is great for nature and adventure lovers, with walking tracks, whitewater rafting, waterfalls, horse trekking, native birdlife and native trees. The rivers and streams around Geraldine have graced it with many beauty spots and there are superb views of the mountains from the rolling hill country of the Geraldine Downs.
Outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with walking and cycling trails and geo caching locations around the district. The town hosts a variety of multi-sport events for all abilities each autumn, including the fast growing cross country map reading sport known as rogaining. The surrounding area comprises all types of farming, with sheep and cattle on the high country and dairy and fruit farming on the lower levels down to the coast. In winter, Geraldine is an ideal base for skiers heading to the Mount Dobson, Tekapo and Fox Peak ski areas.
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Scenic flights over the South Island's spectacular Southern Alps. Our high wing Cessna seats five and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities. Enjoy unimpeded views as you fly through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty. Scenic routes include Mt Cook & West Coast Glaciers and the Rangitata Headwaters. Airport transfers from Christchurch to Queenstown or anywhere in between.
Mobile-friendly - ASURE Scenic Route Motor Lodge is Geraldine's only 4-star motel, located adjacent to the main shopping centre. All units feature King Beds with Heat Pumps/Air-Conditioning, kitchen-facilities and WIFI. 11 Studio-units, 3 with spa-baths and 3 two-bedroom family apartments. Set on the popular Southern Scenic Route, just 90mins drive south from Christchurch Airport or 60 minutes from Lake Tekapo.
Mobile-friendly - Privately owned holiday park in Canterbury, located on 17 hectares of tranquil rural countryside, 5 minutes from Geraldine. The ultimate farmstay experience for everyone including campervans, just 2 hours from Christchurch. Unique hands on farmyard experience for campers. Something for everybody, tent sites, powered sites, onsite vans, standard two-bedroom cabins. Fully self-contained one-room studios and family cottages.
Mobile-friendly - Grumpy's Kiwi Holiday Park Geraldine is a neat and spacious 2ha holiday park set in heartland New Zealand farming country, only 6km/5min north of the Geraldine village and two hours drive from Christchurch Airport. There is accommodation to suit all budgets including motels, cottages, cabins, powered and unpowered sites. Great amenities including free WiFi and pet friendly (with conditions).
Located just 1.5 hours’ drive from Christchurch, the Peel Forest Lodge comfortably sleeps eight. With an outdoor hot tub, wireless internet and a spacious kitchen it is ideal for hosting large groups. Cater for yourself or have meals provided the choice is all yours. An ideal place to host small weddings or you can erect a marque on the lawn.
Mobile-friendly - Spectacular Lord of the Rings scenery combined with rafting some of New Zealand's most exciting stretches of grade 2 - grade 5 white water for 2.5 hours. Delicious meals and an amazing atmosphere creates the perfect recipe for New Zealand's most unique rafting adventure. Day trip from Christchurch to South Canterbury. The perfect adventure stop between Christchurch and Queenstown.
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Needing little introduction on these shores, award-winning singer songwriter Mel Parsons is hitting the road with her new album 'Glass Heart' for an intimate solo tour of some her favourite New Zealand venues. ...
Where: Lodge Theatre, Geraldine, South Canterbury
Address: Cnr Talbot & Hislop Sts, Geraldine, South Canterbury
From: 8:00pm on Sunday 20th October 2019
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 20th October 2019
Geraldine Summer Fete
The Geraldine Summer Fete is a day of indulgence and elegance. Wander around Stover’s Stunning garden while listening to live music, enjoy the friendly, fun relaxed atmosphere. A unique shopping spree with an ...
Where: Stover Farm, Geraldine, South Canterbury
Address: 220 Main North Road, Geraldine, South Canterbury
From: 9:30am on Thursday 7th November 2019
To: 4:05pm on Thursday 7th November 2019
Greg Copeland and Steve 'Guitar' Gilles acoustic Blues duo
Greg Copeland is coming back to New Zealand! He's is taking it to the roots with an up close and personal acoustic journey. Greg pays his dues to the originals and forefathers of the Blues from deep down South, ...
Where: Geraldine Cinema, Geraldine, South Canterbury
Address: 74 Talbot St, Geraldine, South Canterbury
From: 8:00pm on Thursday 7th November 2019
To: 10:30pm on Thursday 7th November 2019
The Geraldine Festival
Free Community Event showcasing all that this amazing little town, Geraldine, has to offer. Art and Photography Exhibition at the Academy of Performance and Arts on Talbot Street, Open Gardens, Street Markets on ...
Where: Geraldine, South Canterbury, Geraldine, Canterbury
Address: Talbot Steet & Hislop Street
From: 7:30pm on Thursday 14th November 2019
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 17th November 2019
Geraldine Christmas at the Races
Celebrate the year and celebrate the season with Christmas at the Races! Treat yourself to an action-packed day of entertainment including fantastic food and drink, live music and thrilling racing action. From a ...
Where: Orari Racecourse, Geraldine, South Canterbury
Address: Racecourse Rd, Orari, Geraldine, South Canterbury
From: 10:00am on Saturday 23rd November 2019
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 23rd November 2019
Go Geraldine Christmas Parade
Come and join the fun with the best Christmas Parade in South Canterbury! The parade route commences at the Hislop and Talbot St corners and travels along Talbot St to Peel St. Get along to the Domain after the parade ...
Where: Talbot Street, Geraldine, Canterbury
Address: Talbot St
From: 6:00pm on Friday 6th December 2019
To: 8:00pm on Friday 6th December 2019