South Canterbury NZ - Geraldine
- Charming historic town
- Gourmet food including handmade chocolates, Talbot Forest Cheese and the famous Barkers fruit products and preserves
- South Canterbury Food & Wine Trail
- Geraldine accommodation B&B cottages
- Geraldine Historic Museum
- Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, home of the only surviving 1929 Spartan biplane in the world
- Locally-made arts and crafts including jewellery, woodwork & hand knitted garments
- A fascinating mosaic re-creation of the medieval Bayeux tapestry
- Relaxed, shopping for quality New Zealand made clothing, merino wear and souvenirs
- Historic Geraldine Cinema
- Riverside walkways and mountain bike tracks
- Beautiful trees and gardens
- Talbot Forest, a rare remnant of lowland podocarp native forest offering breathtaking views over plains and mountains
- Beautiful Peel Forest, for river adventures, horseriding, walking, mountainbiking and more
Boutique Geraldine Village
Your visit to South Canterbury NZ would not be complete without spending time in Geraldine, a charming boutique village just 30 minutes drive from Timaru and on the Inland Scenic Route between Christchurch and Mt Cook. Nestled at the foot of soft rolling hills and bisected by the tranquil Waihi River, Geraldine is extremely popular with visitors as a base for exploring the South Canterbury NZ region and enjoying a wide range of outdoor activities including white water rafting, kayaking, walking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and golfing. During winter, Geraldine bustles with skiers based in the town and heading daily to the nearby Mount Dobson, Tekapo (Round Hill) and Fox ski areas.
Known for its many beautiful South Canterbury gardens and forests - both native and those planted by early settlers - Geraldine enjoys its reputation as one of the most photographed small towns in the South Canterbury NZ. From the bustling main street a short walk will take you into Talbot Forest, a rare remnant of lowland podocarp native forest with breathtaking views over plains and mountains. South Canterbury NZ river and forest walks are complemented by the town’s domain and rose garden. Long established parks boast magnificent exotic trees (especially eye-catching in autumn), a playground, innumerable picnic spots and a recently upgraded heated outdoor public swimming pool.
Geraldine's charming shopping area is compact and well stocked with high quality souvenirs, merino wear and other quality New Zealand made clothing and giftware. The Geraldine lifestyle has attracted many interesting and talented arts and crafts people and as a result the area is a hive of creative energy. Enjoy browsing for crafts or indulge in locally made treats at the Four Peaks Plaza such as Talbot Forest Cheese, specialty chutneys and fruit products from Barker’s of Geraldine, or made on the premises delights from Swiss chocolatier Renee Fellmann at Café Plums. In the next shopping block, Coco offers an array of hand-made chocolates and gourmet sweets. When you are worn out from exploring, relax in one of Geraldine's friendly cafes.
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