Visitor Attractions in Geraldine

Alps to Ocean Tours

Alps 2 Ocean is one of New Zealands’ most experienced adventure tour operators providing personalised guided high country 4wd and cycle tours for independent travellers and groups as well as inflatable kayak, cycle hire and trail transfers including the Te Araroa Trail. Get in touch with Wayne to find out more about stunning tours or equipment hire.    

Aviation Museum At Rangitata Aerodrome

Step back in time at the Rangitata Island Aviation Museum.  See more than 20 aircraft and unique pieces of memorabilia, creating a collection unlike any other worldwide. The Ross Brodie RFC Memorial Militaria Collection & Library is an extensive collection of aviation books and texts.  It is dedicated to the memory of the first aviator in the Brodie family, who served […]

Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery

  Our new Foodstore & Eatery  creates an enhanced customer food & beverage experience,  as we take you on a journey through our delicious Barker’s of Geraldine ranges.  You will learn as well as taste  how to use our products in your own home, and be able to purchase the full range all under one roof!   “We need to raise the customer experience […]

Big Rock Adventures

What is CANYONING? It’s many different sports and fun activities all rolled into one. Hiking, swimming, rappelling, cliff jumps, water slides and zip lines. We dress you to swim and add some technical gear for the rappels, zip lines and slides. Once in the canyon, it’s an outdoor mission from top to bottom, through, over, under and between, a natural […]

Explore Geraldine as a Ski, Skate, Snow holiday Destination

The picturesque village of Geraldine makes the perfect base for your winter snow holiday.  With four ski fields and two skating rinks within easy driving distance, plus a raft of non-snow activities, Geraldine really does have it all.  The add bonus is that there is plenty to do in the area on those non-ski days so you can enjoy the […]

Explore Inland Route 72, North of Geraldine

Staying in Geraldine and keen to explore the wider area?  Or, heading north from Geraldine and keen to find out about onward destinations? Depending on your point of view, Geraldine marks either the beginning or end of Inland Scenic Route 72.  This route encapsulates the quintessential Kiwi country drive taking in four very distinct districts and offering a taste of […]

Explore Summer Family Activities in and around Geraldine

There are plenty of fun activities for families to make the most of those long hot summer days … *Grab an ice cream and wander along the shady riverside trails  *Get on your bike and ride some of the excellent trails, both around town and along the Orari River.  There are rides for all levels from toddlers learning to balance […]

Explore the Starlight Highway, West of Geraldine to Aoraki/Mt Cook

Geraldine makes a fantastic base to explore the whole region, offering high quality reasonably priced accommodation and eateries, plus it is centrally located to many of the iconic must-visit places in the central South Island.  Geraldine is the gateway to the Starlight Highway which officially runs from Fairlie to Aoraki/Mt Cook.  In addition to pristine night skies there is much […]

Explore the Wider Timaru District

The picturesque town of Geraldine offers plenty of activities – both energetic and leisurely for holiday makers and travellers.  It is also the perfect place to stay while enjoying all that the Timaru District has to offer.  Check out the best bits of the District to make your visit to Geraldine even more memorable. Timaru:  With a rich history as […]

Farmyard Animal Experience at the Farmyard Holiday Park

Come and make friends with our farmyard animals at the Farmyard Animal Experience at Farmyard Holiday Park. There are rabbits and guinea pigs to cuddle, sheep, goats, alpacas, chickens, ducks, wallabies gorgeous kune Kune pigs as well as cows, horses and Rattie the Possum. If you visit us in spring you will be able to experience lamb-feeding time – a […]

Fox Ski Field

Geraldine makes a fantastic base for a family ski holiday with Fox Ski Field just over an hour away by car from the town.  Also nearby are Roundhill, Dobson and Mt Hutt.    Check our our article about all the great winter activities to be found around the district using Geraldine as a base.  

Geocaching in Geraldine

eocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”  www.geocaching.com This fun, free game that swept the world started back in 2000 when American Dave Ulmer decided to test new technology which brought pinpoint accuracy to global […]

Geraldine Cinema

We are a friendly, independently-owned cinema. Built in 1924, the Geraldine Cinema was one of the first buildings in the area to be wired with electricity. The cinema is one of a few left of it’s type and age in the country. We’re known for our great prices and comfy couches! Check our website to see what’s showing

Geraldine Craft Market

This unique and interesting market operates weather permitting, from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm on weekends and public holidays, under the majestic exotic trees on the lovely Geraldine Domain in Cox St. The quality handmade crafts are produced locally and our artisans enjoy sharing their knowledge and interests with visitors keen to learn about the techniques used and provenance of […]

Geraldine District Golf Club

Enjoy and 18 hole golf course and club house.  Golf clubs available for hire at reasonable rates. Licensed facility.  

Geraldine Farm Tours

Your hosts, Fiona McQuade and Felicia Bennett, owners of Geraldine Farm Tours, warmly welcome you to their relaxed, natural, farm tour experience.  Both bought up on farms, Fiona and Felicia love to share their passion for the land and animals with visitors from all over the world to New Zealand. Tours are run twice daily Monday to Friday, at 9.30am and 1.30pm.  […]

Geraldine Farmers Market

From October  to April each year the Geraldine Farmers Market is ‘the’ place to be in Geraldine on a Saturday morning.   Operating from 9 – 12.30 pm, the market bustles with fresh produce, crafts, coffee and delicious baking, accompanied by the pleasant background hum of friends chatting and local musician’s entertaining.   The market is a real highlight for […]

Geraldine Heritage Trails and Tales

Geraldine Heritage Trails and tales offers you the opportunity of personalised walking tours with full interpretation of significant sites and historical events, while enjoying fresh air and natural beauty. From the tussock slopes of the hills behind Geraldine, the two million year old history of the area can be told. Thanks to the foresight of early settlers, relics of a […]

Geraldine Historical Museum

The focus of the Geraldine Historical Museum is to record and display the history of the Geraldine area and highlight the contribution organisations and individuals have made to the development of the Timaru District, the Canterbury Region and in some cases contributions of national importance. This is achieved with an emphasis on personalising the area’s history through life-sized historical photographs, […]

Geraldine Observatory

A visit to Geraldine Observatory is a truly unique experience! Peter Aldous, passionate astronomer, welcomes visitors to his private observatory to see and learn about the night sky.  Peter owns an impressive array of telescopes and equipment which together form the very best private observatory in the country.   Check this great clip from newzealand.com  showcasing Peter and the stunning Geraldine […]

Geraldine Swimming Pool

The Geraldine outdoor pool complex is a great place to cool off and have fun on a hot South Canterbury Summer’s day! The complex includes 25 metre, learners and toddlers pools (all heated) plus picnic and shaded seating areas is the perfect place to cool off from mid-November to mid- March each year.

Geraldine Vintage Car & Machinery Museum

    The Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum is the finest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. On display are vintage cars, vintage tractors, vintage farm machinery and plenty of other interesting things.   Some of the exhibits are unique and won’t be found anywhere else in the world such as: *John Britten‘s Campervan *A Harley Davidson Hearse […]

Geraldine Visitor Information Centre

Pop in and chat to our friendly knowledgeable staff about all there is to do and see in lovely Geraldine! Geraldine Information Centre is open 8 am -5.30pm 7 days a week 365 days a year and is situated in Kiwi Country/Mundells Café Complex at the North End of the Township. Our friendly staff are well versed with local Knowledge […]

Golf in Geraldine

Geraldine is a picturesque town nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps, located on the Inland Scenic Route (72) in the heart of the South Island (1.5 hours from Christchurch).  The town boasts 2 golf courses and is close to many others, making it the perfect base for a golfing holiday.  The area is easy to navigate, distances between […]

Golf Tour of Canterbury

The Inland Scenic Route (72) is the perfect way to explore the region while golfing at a range of great courses.  Each small town on the route has its own unique character, accommodation and a great golf course.  You’ll meet some interesting locals along the way and enjoy your own golfing adventure at your own pace. The Scenic Route can […]

Grande Vue Golf Course

A unique 9 hole golf course in the middle of Geraldine township with a mix of rolling hills and flat land across the course.  

Hidden Valleys

Historic Homesteads and Gardens to Visit

The district of Geraldine has a proud pioneering history, with many families still retaining strong ties to the land settled by their forefathers more than 150 years ago.  To take a step back in time and learn more about this past you’ll find plenty of information at the interesting Geraldine Historical Museum and by visiting some of the original homesteads […]

Homestead Tours

Ice Skating at Staveley

Visit one of the last remaining natural ice skating spots in the country at Staveley.  This is a great way to experience skating the old fashioned way.  Skates for hire and CASH only entry. Check our our article about all the great winter activities to be found around the district using Geraldine as a base.  

Kakahu Garden

Kakahu Garden is park-like garden with a predominance of English trees, rhododendrons and camellias.  It  covers 6 hectare (16 acres). A century-old avenue of English oaks leads to the homestead which sits comfortably among the tall trees. A grand old English Oak is the feature on the front lawn, believed to be one of the largest is New Zealand. Planted […]

Lillia’s Lace Museum

Lillia’s Lace Museum, a NZ Museums specialist museum, showcases the history and byways of international and New Zealand lace and lace-making. Its relocation to Geraldine from Upper Moutere a decade ago is also a nod to past local lace-making. The Talbot Street facility is an eponymous tribute to its owner’s Geraldine-born lace-making grandmother. The way owner Jean Lillia Hall puts […]

McAtamney Gallery

Check our article about Art in Geraldine, including info on all the galleries and studios open to visitors.

Merivale Fine Arts

Check out our articles ‘Art & About‘ for more information about the lively arts scene in Geraldine.

Mt Dobson Ski Field

Geraldine makes a fantastic base for a family ski holiday with Mt Dobson skifield just a 40 minutes drive from the town. Mt Dobson has been owned and operated by the Foote family of Fairlie for the past 38 years and they have made it their mission to make this Ski Area the friendliest around. The mountain is managed by […]

Mt Hutt Ski field

Geraldine makes a fantastic base for a family ski holiday with Mt Hutt skifield just an hour and a quarter drive from the town. Voted New Zealand’s best skifield for the last 3 consecutive years the whole family will have a great time at Mt Hutt. Check our our article about all the great winter activities to be found around […]

Mulvihill Garden

Check out our article about Geraldine’s Historic Homesteads and Gardens to find out about all the stunning gardens you can visit in and around Geraldine.

Orari Estate

The Orari Estate is farmed by the Morten family, descendents of the the Macdonald brothers who took up a sheep run in 1854.  It was located between the Orari River, the Rangitata River, the coast, back to the Arundel Bridge, Proudfoot Corner and across to the Rangitata River and named it Matatiki and after 1857 the name was changed to […]

Orari Mini Golf at Café Mes Amis

At Orari Mini Golf you can challenge the family with a mini golf experience themed around South Canterbury and its rural history.  Then relax with a coffee or bite to eat at our cafe while watching the kids in the playground.

Peel Forest Horse Trekking

Peel Forest Horse Trekking is open every day for treks from one hour to multi day.  Horses and rides are suited to all levels of experience.  Ride along the majestic Rangitata River or into the mountains and stay in a unique New Zealand back country hut.  

Peel Forest Outdoors Centre

The Peel Forest Outdoor Centre is located in a beautiful area in South Canterbury, adjacent to the Rangitata river, Peel Forest Park & Scenic Reserve and at the foothills of the southern alps.   We aim to provide opportunities for all to experience, learn and grow. Our safe, affordable and quality outdoor and environmental programmes are designed to educate, challenge and […]

Peel Forest Safaris

Peel Forest Safaris offers exclusive hunting and guarantees that you will not only go home with a great trophy but loads of fantastic memories. Each safari trip is planned and customised to your particular wants and needs, which is reflected in the personal service you will experience upon your arrival. Regardless if you are a hunter or a non-hunter, you […]

Rangitata Island Aerodrome

Rangitata Island Aerodrome is situated in the tranquil countryside of the Canterbury Plains, encompassed by the stunning backdrop of Mount Peel and the Rangitata River. We are home to the Geraldine Flying Group, East Canterbury Aviation and Moth Manor Cottage. The Ross Brodie RFC Memorial Militaria Collection & Library, NZ Microlight Museum and De Havillands Over New Zealand Aviation Collection […]

Rangitata Rafts

Rangitata Rafts is located near Peel Forest, 30 minutes from the main Christchurch to Lake Tekapo/Queenstown highway (State Highway 79). Spectacular Lord of the Rings scenery combined with rafting some of New Zealand’s most exciting stretches of grade 1 – grade 5 white water for 2.5 hours, delicious meals and an amazing atmosphere creates the perfect recipe for New Zealand’s […]

Rides in and around Geraldine

Cycling is a great way to see the sites, and experience the countryside. Not only can you see the world at your own pace, but you can easily bring some friends along to enjoy the experience. With its mix of flat plains and hills, Geraldine offers some great biking country, whatever your level. From mountain bike tracks to on-road rides, […]

Roundhill Ski Field

Geraldine makes a fantastic base for a family ski holiday with Roundhill skifield just a 1.5 hours drive from the town. Ski or Snowboard in the heart of the South Island of New Zealand. Roundhill is a fantastic family ski field with breathtaking views of Aoraki Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo.  Roundhill is a place that friends and family […]

Soccer Golf at the Orchard Café

Find our soccer golf course behind the Orchard Farmshop and Cafe. Soccer Golf is fun-football cum-a-smidgen of mini golf. With a nine hole course, obstacles and reflectors along the way, players must kick the football through set openings and into a hole behind the structures. Deciding on a farming and local business theme, the course had been created using old […]

South Canterbury Surf School

Learn to surf in one of NZ’s most popular and safe beaches, Caroline Bay, just a 35 minute drive from Geraldine. Mark and Vicky of South Canterbury Surf School offer lessons for all ages with both casual and set programmes in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.  Ride the waves at Caroline Bay and soon you’ll be a surfing pro!

Studio Pottery

Experienced Potter, Audrey Wallace, invites you to viewed her varied range of clay works. See salt fired pots, garden sculpture, raku and primitive fired sculptural forms.

Susan Badcock Studio

Check our article about Art in Geraldine, including info on all the galleries and studios open to visitors.

Te Ana Rock Art Centre and Tours

      Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors on personalized guided tours to iconic Māori rock art sites, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Ngai Tahu at our tribal rock art centre, Te Ana.  

The Academy of Performance & Arts Geraldine

The Academy of Performance & Arts Geraldine is an incorporated society and charitable trust. We provide an educational venue for the community to develop skills and interest in the visual, performance and arts. The Academy seeks to provide a variety of accessible & affordable classes aimed at increasing opportunities for the diverse population base of the region. Classes at the […]

The Cottage Pantry and Gallery

The Cottage Pantry was established with an aim to provide and alternative and wider choice of baking ingredients for consumers who value natural foods, with the emphasis on preservative and additive free ingredients, specialist flours, organic and gluten-free products, grains and pulses.   There is also a range of cooking/baking books, baking accessories and icing. The Cottage Pantry is located […]

Victorian Woodwork

James Foster has been working with wood for forty years. Presently the mainstay of the business is garden art and children’s toys. From here the “Pole People” have developed and can now be seen throughout New Zealand, giving individual character to homes, gardens and businesses.   James is a skilled woodworker and his products reflect his flair for eye catching […]

Walks in and around Geraldine

From a relaxed riverside stroll, hidden just steps from the bustling town centre, to challenging hikes through native forest, Geraldine has plenty to offer walkers of all levels. The riverside walk, located right in the heart of Geraldine, winds its way along the Waihi River taking in Rhododendron Dell, magnificent in spring, as well as a small oasis of native […]

Woodbury Rhododendrens

See our article about all the stunning gardens open to the public in and around Geraldine as well as garden centres.