Geraldine is a village town in the Canterbury region of the South Island, New Zealand; it is located around 140 kilometres south of Christchurch.
Geraldine is in the centre of a wealthy farming area. Locals are generally involved with the sheep, cattle, deer, dairy cows, cropping and fruit growing industries, but the area is also known for the artists and crafts people.
The village town is definitely worth a visit you can learn about the early history of the town at the Geraldine Historical Society Museum or visit the vintage car and machinery museum. Another way to appreciate Geraldine is to walk the Historic Town Trail. Just beyond the town, you can visit gardens and artists' studios and just outside of the area there is a range of sporting activities available including skiing, white water rafting, golf and fishing.
The Geraldine was settled by Europeans around the 1840s and in 1854 Samuel Hewlings built the first bark hut in Talbot Street. He married a Maori, Nga Hei, and the totara tree that he planted to mark the birth of his daughter still stands today.
Originally called Talbot Forest, Geraldine was renamed FitzGerald in 1857 after the first superintendent of Canterbury, the Irishman Edward FitzGerald. FitzGerald was then changed to Geraldine, which was his family name in Ireland.
Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region
Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region