Geraldine Visitor Information Centre

Talbot Street, Geraldine.
Geraldine, Canterbury
Geraldine (pop 2300) sits on the Downs at the edge of the Canterbury Plains. It has always been a farming service centre, founded shortly after the formation of the large Raukapuka sheep run in 1853. The centre of the town is marked with a tall Totara on Talbot street, planted by the town's first settler, surveyor Samuel Hewlings and the Maori wife he brought from the North Island.

It has always been a resting place for travellers on what is now SH 79 to or from Mount Cook and the McKenzie Country. Tearooms and hotels, later cafes and pubs service the passing trade who can enjoy great views of the Southern Alps and the plains.

Geraldine is the home of Barkers family who make wine and many other delicious products from fruit. They have a retail store behind the Information Centre. Also close to the information centre is an interesting museum devoted to local history.

The early settlers took advantage of its setting and planted beautiful gardens and many exotic trees. Talbot Forest which is a reserve of unspoilt native bush is nearby, as is a massive colonial garden of English botanical specimens at Kakahu.
Peel Forest with its walking tracks, and native trees and birdlife is 19km to the north.

Please follow down the page to find a range of comfortable places to stay.
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  • The Museum
    The Museum
  • The Cinema
    The Cinema
  • Geraldine Location
    Geraldine Location
  • Street map
    Street map
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