A PLACE TO LIVE
Geraldine offers a relaxed lifestyle, nestled in the picturesque foothills of the Southern Alps,
A PLACE TO WORK
Geraldine has a thriving business community with plenty of opportunities.
A PLACE TO PLAY
Surrounded by rugged landscapes, Geraldine is the perfect base if you want adventure.
THE PLACE TO BE
With small town community spirit, you're guaranteed a warm welcome in Geraldine.
Welcome to Geraldine - the Heart of South Canterbury, New Zealand
Experience South Canterbury New Zealand
From rugged alps across the tapestry of Canterbury Plains all the way to the ocean, South Canterbury is the perfect escape. For a family friendly holiday base, romantic hideaway or replenishing break away, the Central South Island region is full of hidden surprises and pristine starlit skies. In Geraldine you'll enjoy a snapshot of New Zealand where kiwi hospitality thrives!
The Gateway to the Southern Lakes
Set at the heart of the Canterbury region at the foot of the Southern Alps, Geraldine is the gateway to the lakes in the central Mackenzie Basin and the beginning of the Starlight Highway to Tekapo's world renowned UNESCO Aoraki McKenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Geraldine is the perfect place to stop for refreshments or to stay the night and break your journey
Why you'll fall in love with Geraldine
FEATURED ATTRACTIONS & PROVIDERS
FROM RAFTING TO HORSE TREKKING, ADVENTURE IS RIGHT HERE
Geraldine is set in the foothills of the Southern Alps sandwiched between the sweeping Rangitata River to the North and the McKenzie country to the South. Stunning scenery, combined with landscapes and rivers begging to be explored, makes Geraldine the perfect outdoors playground with some of the best adventure activities found anywhere in New Zealand.
ART & ABOUT
DISCOVER GERALDINE'S STRONG CREATIVE ARTS SCENE
Artists and crafts folk are drawn to the picturesque beauty of the Geraldine district as well as the relaxed lifestyle. A number of renowned artists, including John Badcock, Mike Deavoll, Henry Lowen-Smith and the late Austen Deans have made homes in the area. Many artists have studios open to the public, or display at one of the range of galleries around town. Budding amateur artists can also learn from the masters at regular workshops held in the town.
WALK AMONGST GIANTS
DISCOVER ANCIENT NATIVE BUSH AT PEEL FOREST
An historic bush-clad retreat named after British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, who died in the same year the New Zealand province of Canterbury was founded, Peel Forest offers excellent walking for all levels, with tracks through the bush leading to waterfalls and the 1311m summit of Little Mt Peel. The gateway to the Rangitata Valley, Peel Forest is the base for many adventure activities in the area, including rafting, kayaking and horse trekking.
BACK IN THE DAY
DISCOVER GERALDINE'S RICH HISTORY
Geraldine is a town founded by names synonymous with the Canterbury’s pioneering days, when huge stations such at Mt Peel, Erewhon, Orari Gorge and Mesopotamia were first claimed and brought working families to the area. Logging and flax milling joined agriculture as the back bone industries of the area, forging communities who knew how to thrive on the land. Today, this special history and culture is celebrated in many museums in the district.
GRUMPY'S RETREAT 'N' HOLIDAY PARK
Grumpy's Retreat 'n' Holiday Park is a neat, tranquil, flat and spacious 2ha holiday park set in heartland New Zealand farming country at Orari Bridge, only 6km/5min north of the Geraldine village. There is accommodation to suit all budgets & an abundance of attractions and activities to entertain you.
Alpaca Walks tours take you on a journey along the Waihi River, with the impressive backdrop of the Four Peaks range in the distance. If you'd prefer not to walk, you can still get up close and personal with their petting zoo experience, hand feeding alpacas and rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens. Perfect for young kids or if you're passing through.