A LIFESTYLE DREAM IN SOUTH CANTERBURY
Lying in the folds of the Southern Alps the Geraldine district is a gem. Offering a wonderful village atmosphere, friendly and welcoming locals, and access to great jobs, schools and amenities. It is a fabulous place to bring up children, escape the hustle of city life for a better lifestyle or just simply retire to.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE LIFE IN GERALDINE
A Beautiful Place to Call Home
Nestled beneath the towering Southern Alps, Geraldine is a must visit destination packed with activities and adventures for the whole family. Walk, bike, eat, drink, shop, climb, play, work, stay. Enjoy the unique country village atmosphere and admire the grandeur of the many historical buildings and museums.
Take time to stroll the beautiful totara forests and walkways, many of them within walking distance of the township. The domain, with its lovely, extensive rose gardens is the ideal place to bring out the picnic. A short drive from Geraldine is Peel Forest. This is a very precious and extensive podocarp forest with abundant bird life and with many reminders of the region's early European pioneers. Follow the road beside the Rangitata River (a world class white water rafting and salmon fishing river, which also provides vital irrigation to surrounding districts) into the Upper Rangitata River Valley for some of the most spectacular alpine and high country scenery in New Zealand.
If you are considering a move to Geraldine you'll find plenty of useful information here.
A Small Town with a Big Heart
If there's one thing we all agree on in Geraldine it's that we're proud of our town and we welcome all comers - whether they're just passing through or call the place home.
Geraldine is home to some fantastic social enterprises that celebrate our town and its community. Incredible Edible Geraldine, an organisation empowering local people to do local initiatives, around food and gardening. This is exactly what's taking place - edibles are popping up all over Geraldine, with volunteers, passers by, and businesses helping maintain them. Find out more about Incredible Edible Geraldine at their website and check out their printed Edible Map for printing.
Totally Locally Geraldine celebrates and promotes the independent retailers, growers, producers and service providers in the town. No matter if they're a butcher, baker, candlestick maker, engineer, accountant or window cleaner, Totally Locally is all about raising awareness and encouraging people - be they tourists or residents - to support small business. Find out more at the Totally Locally Geraldine website.
Grab one of the colourful fabric Boomerang Bags from the open suitcases located on Talbot St when you are next out shopping in Geraldine and help to protect our environment by reducing plastic bag use. Many of our local cafes are now turning to eco packaging, removing plastics straws and offering re-usable cups.
Another wonderful innovation are the Pop-Up Community Library Boxes dotted around Geraldine. Painted bright yellow and filled with all manner of titles people are welcome to help themselves to a book whenever they like says creator Cyril Guthrie.
Geraldine has a proud tradition of volunteering harking back to our pioneer days and it is one of the reasons the district is blessed with such excellent facilities and so many clubs and groups. Getting involved is one way of connecting with the community and growing your social circle while having fun and doing something worthwhile.
The Geraldine Lions Club is a community institution in Geraldine and one of the many groups doing great works while having fun. If you are interested in volunteering check out the long list of organisations, clubs and groups in Geraldine and get in touch.
With some major employers in the district we score highly for relocation either from overseas or domestically for a life style choice. We have some great employment opportunities across diverse industries to appeal to a large and varied audience. Coupled with great schooling and fantastic sports, outdoors activities, cultural, arts and interests groups, Geraldine certainly ticks a lot of boxes.
The district boosts a thriving dairy industry that has openings for all skill levels, drivers, milkers, herdsman and a Fonterra factory complex with numerous manufacturing and production roles in food specialist companies. Retail jobs that are both seasonal and permanent, part time and full time, and a catering industry looking for more talent.
Your quality of life can improve with a small commute to and from work, no traffic lights or roundabouts to contend with and the only other person you can see on your way to work is a sheep!
A great place to bring up kids
A great place to do business
With a whole host of companies of all sizes situated in the town, Geraldine has a very active business community. At the heart of this, Go Geraldine works towards the overall success of our Town. Go Geraldine aims to develop and promote the Geraldine district, including the rural communities, as a vibrant place in which to live, work, play and stay. This includes all business, cultural, social, recreational, amenities and attractions available in the Geraldine District and surrounding area. Go Geraldine also assists in establishing, building and encouraging a strong and healthy business environment in the wider Geraldine district, where locals support locals for the common good.
As well as Go Geraldine, the town is home to Totally Locally, an organisation that promotes locally-owned retailers and businesses in the town. In the wider region businesses can obtain support from South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce and local development agency Aoraki Development.
Find out more regional information about South Canterbury.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
South Canterbury is a great place to be. But don't just take our word for it!
"Why Geraldine? People live here because they want to live here, they have created businesses and opportunities so they can stay here and enjoy the climate and lifestyle. Every morning we wake up and look out at the mountains and know we are living the dream."
"I love the sense of community in Geraldine. There's so much happening in such a small town! There always seems to be so many events happening and what's more they are always well supported, both in the town itself and in the surrounding villages. There's a pride here that few places I've come across can match. I'm so glad I moved to the district!"
"Having come from a small rural community I really feel that there is a buzz about the town. It has everything that I need on a day-to-day basis but at the same time retains its warmth and character"