Geraldine is a tranquil, rural town with a friendly village atmosphere. It
is situated 2 hours (136 km) south of Christchurch on the main highway to Mt
Cook and Queenstown.
Geraldine is a pretty town where you can get away from the hustle of life and
enjoy some genuine Kiwi hospitality. Relax in the fresh air and open spaces.
The town and its surrounding district has something for everyone and at a pace
to suit each individual's needs. Attractions and activities include walks, garden
visits, artists and craftspeople, white water rafting, golf, fishing, and movies
at the historic cinema.
The domain in Cox Street has rose gardens and camping ground, swimming pool,
bowling greens, tennis and netball courts and sports fields. Adjacent to the
swimming pool is a children's playground and picnic area.
This district offers a variety of walks, whether it is a relaxing stroll beside
the river, an easy native bush walk surrounded by bellbirds and fantails, or
a rewarding hill climb.
You will have the opportunity to learn about the early history of the town
at the lovely stone Historical Museum, or take a step back in time and visit
the excellent Vintage Car and Machinery Museum. Then take a walk around the
town with the Historic Town Trail assisted by the informative brochure.
Take a scenic drive and visit private gardens and local arts people in their
home studios. See lovely old churches, historic lime kiln, etc.
Geraldine has a number of choices for a coffee or meal break. There is also
an abundance of accommodation places ranging from camping grounds to motels
to farmstays to bed and breakfasts.
Four Peaks Lodge offers exclusive five-star accommodation for all seasons in the scenic central South Island of New Zealand, just a helicopter hop from International Airports and on a major tourist route. Enjoy all the benefits of a quiet country life style, while basking in the luxury of a boutique hotel. Stop over for bed and breakfast in this romantic retreat, tucked away in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Luxuriate in the stylish and comfortable en suite guest rooms with views over rich farmland and wooded countryside.
HISTORY OF GERALDINE
Geraldine has that country village atmosphere, with majestic old forests, early
settlers cottages and little arts and crafts corners. Its friendliness, tranquility
and wealth of history make it hard to resist. Geraldine is simply unique...
Geraldine was discovered in the 1840's but it wasn't until 1854 that Samuel
Hewlings built the first bark hut in Talbot Street. He married a Maori, Nga
Hei, and the totara tree which he planted to mark the birth of his daugther
still stands on the site today. Sheep runs were quickly established in the area
together with pit saw milling of the native bush. When the bush had been cleared,
wheat crops were grown across the plains.
Originally called Talbot Forest, Geraldine was renamed Fitzgerald in 1857 after
the first superintendant of Canterbury, the Irishman, Edward Fitzgerald. The
name was finally changed to Geraldine, which was the Fitzgerald's family name
Geraldine became a Town Board in 1884 and a Borough in 1905. It was incorporated
in the Ashburton electorate in 1908, when its hotels were closed. It remained
"dry" until 1950 when the Geraldine Licensing Trust Hotel opened.
Today Geraldine is in the heart of a prosperous farming area with sheep, cattle,
deer, dairy cows, cropping and fruit growing in abundance. Almost 2,500 people
live in the town and its surroundings areas. It is the headquarters for the
nearby State Forests and has modern shopping amenities.
Distances From Geraldine (driving time and kilometres)