Meet in Geraldine
Popular with visitors, Geraldine is a charming boutique village just 30 minutes drive from Timaru City and 1.5 hours drive from Christchurch.
It’s home to (amongst other things) fabulous eateries, scenic walking tracks, day spas, artists in galleries and a new gin distillery.
It’s the perfect midway place to meet your friends and whānau from across the South Island, plus we have direct daily flights from Wellington for our North Island mates.
Geraldine is home to a range of innovative food producers.
It’s a great place to stock up on foodie goodness on your South Island travels.
Get hands-on and experiment with the products and flavours at the interactive tasting stations at Barker’s Foodstore and Eatery.
The best way to experience Geraldine is to walk, shop and eat your way around the village.
The Riverside Walkway follows the Waihi River, through to Talbot Forest - a native bush reserve with tiny native bats nesting in the trees - and back around to take in the eateries and shops on the main street.
A project is underway to turn the Riverside Walkway into an amazing nature and sculpture trail, which will take this already popular walk to the next level.
Just up the road in Peel Forest you’ll find plenty of native bush walks, some with waterfalls. You can climb Little Mt Peel, which is known as one of the best day walks in Canterbury, and stop for refreshments at The Green Man at Peel Forest.
Timaru is only 35 minutes drive away if coastal scenic walks and penguins are on your bucket list too.
Check out the free Timaru Trails app to help you navigate Timaru, Geraldine and Peel Forest's scenic walks.
We're an arty bunch in Geraldine.
You’ll find gorgeous day spas, retail stores and art galleries down the main street, including the Susan Badcock Studio.
Susan is a resident artist, and you’ll find works from there generations of her family here, plus works from other prominent New Zealand artists.
Also on the main street, you’ll find the McAtamney Gallery and Design Store. This gallery offers a unique collection of original New Zealand contemporary and historical art and design.
Mesopotamia is an area of outstanding natural beauty, fascinating pioneering history and outdoor adventures.
Carry on past Peel Forest and you'll end up in this high country heaven.
You can hike, fish and hunt, take 4x4 tours, visit Dr Sinclair’s grave and the remnants of writer/poet Samuel Butler’s original homestead.
The Te Araroa Trail goes through this magical area.
WHILE YOU'RE HERE
You can use the free Timaru Trails App for more than just scenic walks. Check out the Geraldine self-guided tours and navigate your way around the eateries, museums, golf courses, galleries and heritage sites.