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Canterbury inland scenic route: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo


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Geraldine Historical Society Museum, Canterbury Geraldine Historical Society Museum, Canterbury

Pretty Geraldine has a village vibe, flourishing arts scene and is well positioned for visitors to enjoy mid Canterbury attractions. Geraldine is the ideal place for exploration of the Inland scenic route 72, a great place to linger if you’re on the way south towards the Mackenzie Country, Aoraki Mt Cook, Queenstown and the Southern Lakes. The town has a wealth of attractions from several excellent galleries, museums and specialty shops to tours to the iconic high country sheep stations (summer only). The family will enjoy Peel Forest and the gardener, the extensive country gardens and town planting schemes.

Geraldine is also the start of the Starlight Highway which runs through to Lake Tekapo and the International Dark Sky Reserve. Geraldine is home to one of New Zealand’s best privately run observatories.


State Highway inland scenic route 79


  • Explore heritage pastoral homesteads and gardens
  • Walk through native forests and reserves
  • Soak up the atmosphere of a rural village with its cafes, galleries and Victorian era buildings
  • Adrenaline adventures from rock canyoning, rafting white water river or horse trekking

Read more Geraldine travel guide where to go and what to see.


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