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Geraldine

The beautiful country town of Geraldine is 140km south of Christchurch in the Canterbury Region of the South Island. Nestled at the foot of the craggy Southern Alps, Geraldine is a pretty, tranquil, rural town. It is surrounded by breathtaking alpine scenery.

Geraldine is at the heart of a prosperous farming area with cattle, dairy cows, sheep, deer, cropping and fruit growing in profusion.

Geraldine and its surrounding area have something for everybody and at a pace suitable for everybody. Attractions and activities include walks, tramps, horse trekking, 4 x 4 adventures, golf, fishing, hunting, white water rafting, garden visits, museums, artists and craftspeople.

This district offers a variety of walks, whether it is a soothing amble beside the river, a relaxed native bush walk surrounded by bellbirds and fantails, a challenging hill climb or high country tramp. There are guided tours offering personalised adventures for small groups of independent travellers and families.

Take the opportunity to experience life in the saddle trekking through the area's stunning countryside, ranging from the Peel Forest, Rangitata River to the Canterbury Plains, against the gorgeous backdrop of the snow-capped mountains.

White water rafting in Geraldine is an adrenaline filled adventure down the Rangitata River and is suitable for the non-experienced. The spell-bindingly beautiful valley through which the river gushes was used as one of the Lord of the Ring film locations. There are different guides offering different experiences, so check them out and find the trip that matches your abilities and requirements.

Have you ever thought of hunting wild boar or deer with a pack of trained dogs in the stunning, rugged native bush of the Southern Alps? Now is your chance.

Experience the thrill of journeying through landscapes used in The Lord of the Rings and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe's Narnia on a 4 x 4 safari adventure. Drive across privately owned high country stations, through striking mountains with spectacular vistas of crystal clear rivers and glacier fed mountain streams and breathe in the fresh, pure air.

These rivers are full of salmon and trout, so settle down with your rod and experience some of the best fishing the world has to offer.

There are an unbelievable 16 golf courses within an hour's drive of Geraldine.

If you are interested to learn about the early history of the town, pop into the lovely stone Historical Museum. Step back in time and visit the excellent Vintage Car and Machinery Museum. Then assisted by the informative heritage brochure, take a walk around the Historic Town Trail.

Take a scenic drive and visit private gardens and local arts people in their home studios. Geraldine has many famous New Zealand artists. Geraldine is a mecca for food aficionados with its great range of fantastic home-made and home-produced fare.

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