A Beautiful Place to Call Home

GeraldineNestled beneath the towering Southern Alps, Geraldine is a must visit destination packed with activities and adventures for the whole family. Walk, bike, eat, drink, shop, climb, play, work, stay. Enjoy the unique country village atmosphere and admire the grandeur of the many historical buildings and museums.

Take time to stroll the beautiful totara forests and walkways, many of them within walking distance of the township. The domain, with its lovely, extensive rose gardens is the ideal place to bring out the picnic. A short drive from Geraldine is Peel Forest. This is a very precious and extensive podocarp forest with abundant bird life and with many reminders of the region's early European pioneers. Follow the road beside the Rangitata River (a world class white water rafting and salmon fishing river, which also provides vital irrigation to surrounding districts) into the Upper Rangitata River Valley for some of the most spectacular alpine and high country scenery in New Zealand.



A Small Town with a Big Heart

full_Incredible_Edible_Geraldine_Running_Duck_Cafe_GardenIf there's one thing we all agree on in Geraldine it's that we're proud of our town and we welcome all comers - whether they're just passing through or call the place home.Geraldine is home to some fantastic social enterprises that celebrate our town and its community. Incredible Edible Geraldine, an organisation empowering local people to do local initiatives, around food and gardening. This is exactly what's taking place - edibles are popping up all over Geraldine, with volunteers, passers by, and businesses helping maintain them. Find out more about Incredible Edible Geraldine at their website and check out their printed Edible Map for printing or via Google Maps.Totally Locally Geraldine celebrates and promotes the independent retailers, growers, producers and service providers in the town. No matter if they're a butcher, baker, candlestick maker, engineer, accountant or window cleaner, Totally Locally is all about raising awareness and encouraging people - be they tourists or residents - to support small business. Find out more at the Totally Locally Geraldine website


Work/Life Balance

milking-shed-webWith some major employers in the district we score highly for relocation either from overseas or domestically for a life style choice.  We have some great employment opportunities across diverse industries to appeal to a large and varied audience.  Coupled with great schooling and fantastic sports, outdoors activities, cultural, arts and interests groups, Geraldine certainly ticks a lot of boxes.  
The district boosts a thriving dairy industry that has openings for all skill levels, drivers, milkers, herdsman and a Fonterra factory complex with numerous manufacturing and production roles in food specialist companies.  Retail jobs that are both seasonal and permanent, part time and full time, and a catering industry looking for more talent.
Your quality of life can improve with a small commute to and from work, no traffic lights or roundabouts to contend with and the only other person you can see on your way to work is a sheep!

Find out more about working in South Canterbury through Aoraki Development


A great place to bring up kids

Geraldine High School, geraldine.nzFrom Kindergarten to Year 13, Geraldine can cater for your child throughout their school life. The town itself has a High school, Primary School and several pre-school providers, and the outlying areas of Woodbury, Peel Forest-Carew and Winchester also provide primary schools.
For school age children there are numerous facilities in the town, including playgrounds, skate park, swimming pool and playing fields.


A great place to do business

Go Geraldine visitor centre openingWith a whole host of companies of all sizes situated in the town, Geraldine has a very active business community. At the heart of this, Go Geraldine works towards the overall success of our Town.  Go Geraldine aims to develop and promote the Geraldine district, including the rural communities, as a vibrant place in which to live, work, play and stay. This includes all business, cultural, social, recreational, amenities and attractions available in the Geraldine District and surrounding area. Go Geraldine also assists in establishing, building and encouraging a strong and healthy business environment in the wider Geraldine district, where locals support locals for the common good.

As well as Go Geraldine, the town is home to Totally Locally, an organisation that promotes locally-owned retailers and businesses in the town.

                      Find out more about Go Geraldine and who our members are.


In the wider region businesses can obtain support from South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce and local development agency Aoraki Development.

                Find out more about SC Chamber of Commerce  and business training


           Find out more regional information about South Canterbury                                                                            


                        Find out more about Aoraki Development 


South Canterbury is a great place to be. But don't just take our word for it!


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