Travel Information (approximate times)
Queenstown: 4h 15m
Tekapo: 1h 5m
Aoraki Mt Cook Village: 2h 25m
Discover South Canterbury
Geraldine is a charming boutique village with a population of around 2,300 just 30 minutes’ drive north west of Timaru and on the Inland Scenic Route between Christchurch, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Queenstown.
A wonderful village atmosphere and community spirit radiates here. Friendly and welcoming with access to great jobs, schools and support services Geraldine is surrounded by rugged landscapes and outdoor pursuits second to none.
Nestled into the foot hills approaching the Southern Alps, Geraldine is the gateway to the lakes and mountains, at the beginning of the Starlight Highway to the Mackenzie District’s International Dark Sky Reserve, renowned for stargazing and night sky clarity.
Spoilt for choice, you’ll find a huge range of activities including white water rafting, walking tracks, river fishing, golf, horse trekking, art galleries, cafes, gourmet local produce, brewery, markets and boutique shopping just a few of the many things that are uniquely Geraldine.
Native Bush Walks
Waihi River, Peel Forest, Talbot Forest, Pioneer Park and Rangitata valley scenic walks amongst native bush, birdsong and ancient trees - from riverside strolls to challenging hikes.
Geraldine farmers market every Saturday morning from October to April, plus a unique Craft Market every weekend (weather permitting) from 8.30-3.30pm at the Geraldine Domain in Cox St. Geraldine Arts & Plants festival every November for over 30 consecutive years.
A vibrant art scene with boutique studios, galleries and design stores. Many accomplished artists have chosen Geraldine as their home. There is also a very strong Academy of Performance & Arts.
Step back in time, learn the history of the township, vintage car & machinery museum, a specialist lace making museum, aviation at Rangitata Aerodrome, – all in and around Geraldine.
Centrally located between Cox & Talbot Streets, the Geraldine Domain occupies 11.5 hectares of mature trees and open spaces, community swimming pool, playground and pavilion for community enjoyment.
Expect the unexpected in Geraldine, where some of New Zealand’s leading businesses, food producers and exporters call home, contributing to a strong local and national economy.
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