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Geraldine has that country village atmosphere, with majestic old forests, early settler’s cottages and many little corners of arts and crafts.  The friendliness, tranquillity and wealth of history of Geraldine make this popular tourist stop hard to resist.  Geraldine was settled by Europeans in the 1840s - sheep runs were quickly established in the area together with pit saw milling of native bush.  When the bush had been cleared, wheat and flax cropping became significant across the plains.  Geraldine became a Town Board in 1884 and a Borough in 1905. 

Just 35 minutes drive from Timaru and on the Inland Scenic Route to Mount Cook Geraldine offers an abundance of delicious locally produced gourmet food, great shopping for high quality gifts, souvenirs and merino wear and plenty of adventure activities nearby. Make sure you stop at the Four Peaks Plaza for highlights including Barker’s of Geraldine, Talbot Forest Cheese and more.

Barker’s of Geraldine is renowned for its jams, chutneys, fruit syrups and condiments, made on the Barker’s local farm with from recipes handed down through the generations.  Visit the store of this local and national favourite and stock up on a wonderful array of preserves, juices, jams and more.  Also at Geraldine’s Four Peaks Plaza is Talbot Forest Cheese, where you can taste and buy from a wide range of artisan-crafted fine European cheeses, made with love with milk from local farms.

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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Trail type: Cycling
Direction: One way
Cycling Duration: hrs
Distance: 306
Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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