Geraldine Things to Do
If you are a gear head, or motor head, or what ever you call it where you come from when you enjoy engines and machines, this museum may be for you.
Entry is $5 for adults and free for kids. Open end of October to beginning of June. 10am~4pm, 7 days a week. Winter visits possible by appointment.
There are over a hundred tractors dating back over a hundred years, as well as some 30 classic cars also dating back over a century. There are also other machines and components from the industrial and agricultural fields.
The Murch & Dice Antiques building existed since 1908. This is an icon in the centre of Geraldine Town. You wont miss it in this quaint town.
The Information Centre, church, cafe and Geraldine historical society museum is all within walking distance.Related to:
- Historical Travel
The Geraldine Historical Society Museum occupies a bluestone original Town Board Office building.
It features permanent and changing displays looking at the history and people of the area.
It has a historical display of linen flax industry, the only ribbonwood bark lace bonnet in New Zealand, manual telephone exchange and a pedal organ which is more than a 100 years old.
Free admission.Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Barker's has been a household name for many Kiwi's for decades. It started here in Geraldine, but now has a second location in Auckland. But for people who don't want to go that far, you can order on-line using their web page.
The shop has hundreds of varieties of jams, jellies, honey, spreads, etc. All of it is made to their home grown recipes using local fresh products.
What to buy: With the variety that is available, there is no shortage of choices. If you like fruit jams, bitter chutneys or other guilty pleasures they are all excellent and readily available.
There are also some other sweets like chocolates and the occasional fudge.
What to pay: Prices vary depending on the product and the size. A small jar may start about $6Related to:
- Food and Dining
Geraldine Off The Beaten Path
The Rakaia Gorge is located on the Rakaia River in Canterbury. We made a brief stop over here on our way to Christchurch on the Scenic Highway 72.
Rakaia Gorge Bridge
"IPENZ recognises this engineering work as an important part of NZ's Engineering heritage. Completed in 1882 it typifies the NZ ability to adapt and modify overseas concepts to meet local conditions.
The design was supervised by John Carruthers, the public works department's first engineer-in-chief. In it he combined American concepts developed by whipplefink and bollman, but contrary to popular belief the bridge does not incorporate a bollman truss,
Associates: George Thornton, Provincial Engineer for Canterbury;
WG Bull, Assistant Engineer; AD Austin, District Engineer, PWD,
Contractor: WH Barnes"Related to:
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Geraldine is well situated between Christchurch and Wanaka/Queenstown, for you to have a break in your roadtrip.
Ideal eating facilities, and of course you need ablutions.
Here there are very modern, purpose built toilets, very nice to use.
Geraldine is familiar with travellers passing by so caters for them as much as possible and tries to please in every case.
The toilets are situated right in the middle of town, near the cafes.Related to:
- Road Trip
Favorite thing: The kids around here ride some mean machines!! The terrain is really suited for mountain bikes, and this is not lost on the locals. This bike is one mean machine, not at all a cheap one. Check out the suspension!! I guess this person rode in to town for some refreshments, no wonder they chained it up, I would too!!
In the South Island, they helicopter up into the hills with their bikes and boogy down, risking life and limb.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
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