Geraldine – The Heart of South Canterbury

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Not only is Geraldine the Heart of South Canterbury, it is also the Gateway to the Southern Lakes. While located inland on State Highway 58, it is only a short drive from the main State Highway 1.

Geraldine - The Heart of South Canterbury
Geraldine – The Heart of South Canterbury

Geraldine Information Centre

Not only is the information centre very useful, the Kiwi Country complex also includes a very large retail souvenir shop. We were impressive with the size of the shop as well as the variety of items they had. Needless to say, we did purchase a few items.

Geraldine Information Centre
Geraldine Information Centre

The Giant Jersey

Also housed at the Information Centre is the Giant Jersey. Until we visited the information centre, we didn’t realise there was a giant jersey. It was great to see such an enormous knitted jersey. It is made up of a patchwork of patterns and colours. The jersey has been recognised by The Guinness Book of Records as the largest jersey in the world! 

The Giant Jersery
The Giant Jersery

Geraldine Historical Museum

Open seven days per week, the Museum is operated by volunteers. It is a beautiful interactive historical museum showing Geraldine’s unique local history. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and happy to answer your questions.

Telephone Exchange at the Geraldine Historical Museum
Telephone Exchange at the Geraldine Historical Museum

River Garden Walk

An easy stroll, the River Garden Walk is a short walk along the Waihi River. Close to the shops, it’s suitable for pushchairs and mobility scooters. Not sure if it’s a popular walk, as there weren’t many people there when we were walking the trail.

River Garden Walk
River Garden Walk

St Andrews Presbyterian Church

St Andrews Presbyterian Church is located near the centre of Geraldine. Fortunately, we found the church unlocked. So it was great to enter and visit. It’s one of the few churches that is left unlocked during the day.

St Andrews Presbyterian Church
St Andrews Presbyterian Church

Church of the Immaculate Conception

Located in Peel Street, the semi-Gothic church was opened in 1936. It would have been great if we could have entered the building, however we found it locked.

Church of the Immaculate Conception
Church of the Immaculate Conception

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