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Geraldine Observatory , Geraldine
A private observatory, Geraldine Observatory features an HD Edge telescope and others. The owner's main interest remains hunting for super no
Hiking Trail
Hooker Valley Track , Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
One of New Zealand's most popular walks, Hooker Valley Track passes through diverse landscapes encompassed by a vast national park including
Tours from $123
Water Body
Lake Tekapo , Lake Tekapo
For some outdoor adventure, head to Lake Tekapo, where the dark blue water and snow-capped peaks provide an ideal setting for a range of natu
Tours from $34
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook , Mt. Cook Village
Explore the slopes of Aoraki/Mt. Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain and home to alpine forests and glacial lakes. Soaring to a height of 3,
Tours from $245
Specialty Museum
The Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum is the finest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. On display are vintage cars, vintage tra


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Geraldine or Heratini is a town in the Canterbury Region on the South Island of New Zealand. It is about 140 km south of Christchurch, and inland from Timaru, which is 35 km to the south. Geraldine has a country village atmosphere, with majestic old forests, early settlers cottages and little arts and crafts corners.HistoryThe Geraldine area started to be settled by Europeans in the 1840s and it was in 1854 that Samuel Hewlings built the first bark hut in Talbot Street. He married a Māori woman, Nga Hei, and the totara tree that he planted to mark the birth of their daughter still stands. 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 superintendent of Canterbury, the Irishman James Edward FitzGerald. The name was finally changed to Geraldine, which was the FitzGeralds' family name in Ireland.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.TodayGeraldine’s reputation as a home to artists and artisans is growing all the time and many of these people have their work on sale in the town itself or from nearby studios. The town is overlooked by nearby Talbot forest which has a number of short walks among the ancient podocarp native trees. Usually on display in a local shop (The Giant Jersey) is a recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry. It is at approximately half scale. The owners of the shop are on extended holiday and as such the tapestry is no longer visible. The store also used to house the world's largest jersey which is now on display at the Geraldine Information Centre located in the Kiwi Country complex on Waihi Terrace. When using our New Zealand trip maker to make an itinerary online, Geraldine holidays come together around your tastes, interests, and requirements, with us taking care of the logistics.

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QueenstownTrip planner BEST FOR: Entertainment Center, Water Sport, Spa Te AnauTrip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Water Body, Hiking Trail Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Hiking Trail, Observatory ChristchurchTrip planner BEST FOR: Park, Specialty Museum, History Museum Fox GlacierTrip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Hiking Trail, Scenic Walking Area

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