From rugged alps across the tapestry of Canterbury Plains all the way to the ocean...
For a family friendly holiday base, romantic hideaway or replenishing break away, the Central South Island region is full of hidden surprises. Enjoy a snapshot of New Zealand where kiwi hospitality thrives!
A perfect blend of coast and country, the Central South Island suits any holiday interest or indulgence. Sweeping plains, rolling hills, braided rivers and unspoilt coastline make this refreshing natural environment popular for holidays, recreation and sporting pursuits. When it's time to rest from outdoor activities, shopping is relaxed and Southern hospitality features high on cafés, bars, and restaurant menus. Take time out to visit local wineries, explore local museums and art galleries or just stroll along the beach and listen to the waves. Easy to reach and much to enjoy - we look forward to seeing you soon.
Less than two hours from Geraldine, Christchurch International Airport and this vibrant, boutique city provide the gateway to Canterbury. The 'Garden City' is lined with 19th century stone buildings, contemporary galleries and open-air markets. By foot, explore the network of urban laneways packed with bars, eateries and an eclectic mix of boutique shops. www.christchurchnz.co.nz
Within 45mins drive of Geraldine, you'll find the Rakaia District, Ashburton and even Methven/Mt Hutt. Pristine snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and a tapestry of rich agricultural pastures bordered by impressive braided rivers, encompass this diverse region. With such an array of activities, Ashburton district is well worth a visit. www.ashburtondistrict.co.nz
Timaru is often referred to as the heart of the Central South Island. The carefully preserved Edwardian and Victorian buildings, award winning galleries and gardens are a testament to the people that live here. Timaru is also the host to many events including the annual Caroline Bay Carnival and the annual 'Rose' festival. A must visit just 25mins from Geraldine. www.southcanterbury.org.nz.
Aoraki, Mount Cook National Park
Pristine snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and a network of powder blue canals, form this remarkable region. At the heart of Mackenzie District towers our country's highest mountain peak, the majestic Aoraki Mount Cook. Travel the well-worn paths of New Zealand's mountain climbing pioneers or enjoy a stunning view of this dramatic landscape, only an hour away. www.mtcooknz.com