What to do and see in Geraldine, New Zealand: The Best Places and Tips

March 21, 2018 Kandra Bartel

Discover the best top things to do in Geraldine, New Zealand including Geraldine Observatory, Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, 1066 Medieval Mosaic, Geraldine Cinema, The Tin Shed, The Giant Jersey, Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve, Pleasant Valley Daffodils, Kiwi Country Visitor Centre, Hidden Valleys NZ - Day Tours.
Restaurants in Geraldine

22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand +64 3-693 7337
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5 based on 106 reviews

Geraldine Observatory

Geraldine Observatory is one of New Zealands best private observatories. Operated by Peter and Wyn Aldous, the Observatory has a 14 inch, six inch refractor, four inch triplit refractor, all mounted on a Paramont ME mount in a large roll on roll off Observatory, a 11 inch HD Edge telescope in a domed Observatory as well as others. Peters main interest is super nova hunting (exploding stars)and sharing the joys of the night sky with members of the public. Peter has over 40 years experience as a amateur astronomer.Donations go to promoting outreach astronomy in South Canterbury.

Reviewed By chrissynz - Auckland

Thank you to previous travellers we found this amazing treasure of an attraction! Despite it being a cloudy evening, Peter had an amazing show available. Really enjoyed the evening, informative, interesting, mind blowing! Some amazing equipment! Entry by donation. Glad we opted for this Observatory rather than being ripped off at Tekapo!

2. Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum

178 Talbot Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand +64 3-693 1006
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4.5 based on 89 reviews

Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum

Reviewed By Oskar_Baxter - Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

This museum is very well maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. It is much larger than it appears from the road, with 7 large buildings filled with cars, tractors, and machinery. The vintage cars are indeed very interesting, with many in superb, restored condition. It appeared though that the collection of tractors - in various degrees of restoration - was even larger. There is also a collection of various other vintage machinery. It is all well organised and set up well for a self tour. If vintage cars, tractors, and machinery is your thing this museum is not to be missed.

3. 1066 Medieval Mosaic

10 Wilson Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand +64 3-693 9820
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5 based on 73 reviews

1066 Medieval Mosaic

Reviewed By Andrew C - Witney, United Kingdom

Although based in Geraldine, this Mosaic is on tour, and is now in Burford, Oxfordshire until 24th August 2017. It takes up three walls of the hall of a local school, and merits far longer than the time we had to see it. So I bought a USB for £30 and can now study it at leisure. It is difficult to comprehend the patience and skill it took to produce the Mosaic over a period of several decades, but it is well worth making a special visit to see it. I hope it remains available for the public to see for decades to come.

4. Geraldine Cinema

Talbot St, Geraldine, New Zealand +64 3-693 8118
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Geraldine Cinema

Reviewed By Brosallan - Geraldine, New Zealand

Wonderful olde world cinema, arm chairs & blankets... Great films - personal attention...
The Cinema is the original old building with heaps of character, carpet & great ablutions. Back row upstairs all sofas - front row downstairs all sofas... Need I say more - it's memorable!

5. The Tin Shed

809 Rangitata-Orari Bridge Highway | Rangitata, South Canterbury, Geraldine 7992, New Zealand +64 3-693 9416
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The Tin Shed

History Originally a grain shed on a 600 acre sheep farm The Tin Shed building hasn't changed much externally. But on the inside we're now a thriving country store selling woollen goods, (naturally), and other quality items made in New Zealand. People Our staff are friendly, local, women who are happy to both serve our customers, and make sure that products ordered are packed and shipped out to you in good time! We'll mail almost anywhere We have vast experience in mailing our customers purchases to most parts of the world. You can be assured of worry-free shopping with our completely secure online ordering system. Prices on our site are in New Zealand dollars and exclusive of New Zealand sales tax (GST). Shipments within New Zealand will incur GST. For more information check out our shipping rates and policies. Talk to the animals What's a country store without a menagerie of animals? Why not take some time out to say hello to our animals and wander through our garden of native plants and trees. Find us offline If you happen to be in this part of the world do drop in! Our shop hours are 8.30 to 5pm (7 days). Here's a map showing the way...

Reviewed By l0trfan - Manchester, United Kingdom

A good place to stop and have a browse as passing by. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Good NZ products! Bought some Manuka honey lip balm and hand cream. Also they hubby bought some Manuka honey Moisturising cream. I'm still using the lip balm a year later. Lovely little farm area outside also! Known about this little gem since 2007 grown bigger as the years have gone by.

6. The Giant Jersey

38 Waihi Terrace | Kiwi Country Visitors Centre, Geraldine 8751, New Zealand +64 3-693 9820
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The Giant Jersey

Reviewed By baxterbeagle - Auckland, New Zealand

Truley seeing the world's largest wooly jumper has to be on everyones bucket list. I was lucky enough to view this wonder of the modern world and it changed my life. Seriously though, if your in Geraldine (or passing through), go see it. It's free, doesn't take up to much of your time and makes a fantastic photo.

7. Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

2 km north of Geraldine, Geraldine 7992, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

Reviewed By NZfour - Christchurch, New Zealand

A beautiful reserve with some wonderful walks for all levels of fitness. Well worth doing the walk to the giant trees and th waterfall.
We stayed in the nearby DOC campground. Well kept facilities within a lovely reserve. Powered and unpowered sites. Book in advance recommended in summer.

8. Pleasant Valley Daffodils

66 Brophy Road | Pleasant Valley, Geraldine 7991, New Zealand +64 3-693 8081
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Pleasant Valley Daffodils

Reviewed By 430Eleanorm - Timaru, New Zealand

I'm very pleased that people have taken the advantage of seeing this wonderful display. I would like to remind people that it will be daffodil time again shortly. so if arranging holiday plans it would be wonderful to include it in your itinnary. Also to say the Timaru in the spring is wonderful . Blossom trees, rhododendrums , and many bulbs showing their glory. Sorry about the spellings TIMARU Gardens LOOK BEAUTIFUL . I should know I live here.

9. Kiwi Country Visitor Centre

38 Waihi Terrace, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand +64 3-693 1101
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Kiwi Country Visitor Centre

Reviewed By VWriter - Los Gatos, California

Our tour guide took us here. Many tour buses stop. Nevertheless, the huge rustic store didn't seem crowded and we spent close to an hour browsing and buying. Souvenirs, clothing, artwork, weaving, stuffed kiwis and other animals of New Zealand are all in stock. I chose a thinly woven cotton scarf with images of kiwis stamped all over it. Getting compliments now that I'm home and kiwis aren't so common! I could have bought more; the quality is high and some in my group found beautiful sweaters and wood sculptures created by native artists. Nice place.

10. Hidden Valleys NZ - Day Tours

228 Blandswood Road | Peel Forest, Geraldine 7992, New Zealand
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Hidden Valleys NZ - Day Tours

Hidden Valleys specialises in multi/single day river travel and puts together itineraries to suit the needs of you or your group. Travel hours or several days by river from the depths of the South Island's main divide. Access the headwaters by a rewarding main divide hike or a stunning helicopter ride. Enjoy easy paddling on Grade 2 water or enjoy the challenge of Grade 4/5 water.

Reviewed By AlisonDuvall - Seattle, Washington, United States

Simply put, Grant South “Southy” and the Hidden Valley guides are the best in the business and you should definitely book a trip with them. I recently rafted the Clarence with Hidden Valleys in early January 2015. Our group, which included 8 scientists, required a special Clarence River itinerary in order to map the geology and sample rocks within the interior reaches of the Kaikoura Mountains. When I first contacted Southy with my unconventional request, I was worried that I wouldn’t hear back or that he wouldn’t understand what I was looking for. Instead, it was quite the opposite. He got back to me right away, answered all of my questions, and said he could customize the trip to my specific needs. And boy did he do just that!
In the end, the trip was amazing and far exceeded any expectations. We were on the river for 8 days (almost double the usual amount of time to raft the Clarence). During that time, Southy and the crew, including expert guides Nic, Sam, and Eric, and assistants Mia and Ursi, helped us to meet all of our objectives, including sampling rocks from the boat, exploring side Canyons, and even climbing Mt. Tapi from the lesser-traveled Clarence River side. It was fabulous to meet all of our work goals, but even better, we had such a wonderful and memorable time doing it. I cannot emphasize enough how well we were treated. The food was always home made, delicious and plentiful. They even catered to the many special dietary needs of our group. This would have been challenging in a restaurant kitchen, let alone on a river camping trip. The guides are all experienced, expert boatman and they made us feel completely safe and comfortable on the water. Plus, they were smart enough to help us with the geology. Best of all, they are all great and fun-loving people who we enjoyed spending time with. Finally, the scenery (and geology!) of the Clarence Valley rivals the most beautiful places that I have explored in my numerous travels. Rafting with Hidden Valleys offers an incredible opportunity to leave the roads and the crowds behind and truly see this special New Zealand landscape in a way that few people can. Bottom line = call Southy and go do it, you won’t regret it!!

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