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The Vicarage, Geraldine

Address:

69 Talbot Street,
Geraldine,
South Canterbury,
NEW ZEALAND

Phone/Fax number:

+ 64 27 6939027

Email address:

bookings@thevicaragegeraldine.co.nz

Website address:

www.thevicaragegeraldine.co.nz

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    The Vicarage offers

    VicarageThe Vicarage Geraldine is a beautiful old homestead meticulously renovated to the highest standard in the very centre of Geraldine. Once home to 15 Vicar’s and their families over 100 years the Vicarage now hosts independent travellers on the Christchurch to Tekapo highway in six deluxe rooms with superking beds, ensuites and shared sitting rooms.

    Many stories are told in the meticulous refurbishment of this heritage building which sits only metres from the new Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery, cafes & restaurants, art galleries, museums, artisan food outlets, boutique village shops and day spas.

    Geraldine is considered one of New Zealand’s most beautiful towns, with a vibrant arts scene, village vibe and a multitude of riverside and native bush walks. The Vicarage is located in the central hospitality precinct of Geraldine with eight cafes, restaurants and bars located within 200m. Three of these are right next door, and during the summer, the Geraldine Farmer’s Market is right next door in the Anglican Church.

    Guests Enjoy

    • Free WiFi
    • Television (from which you can log into your personal Netflix account) 
    • Complimentary jar of Barker’s of Geraldine preserve of your choice, at the Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery next door.
    • Nespresso Coffee Maker, electric jug,
    • Ensuite bathroom
    • Laundry access with washing machine and drier.
    • Access to a sitting room / kitchenette where all house guests are welcome to be social or relax. 
    • The kitchenette has two induction hobs, microwave, toaster, cooking equipment, crockery, cutlery, and glassware.
    • Car parking in The Vicarage carpark
    • You can select the Accessible Room which is downstairs and wheelchair friendly (there is no lift)
    • Three rooms are downstairs with an outside table and chairs on a small terrace  
    • Three rooms are upstairs with great views
    • We are not a full service hotel so rooms are not serviced daily unless requested. We do however change towels after 2 nights and we change your sheets after 3 nights.

    Directions…

    The Vicarage is easy to find, right in the centre of Geraldine. Geraldine is one hour and 40 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport and just one hour drive from Lake Tekapo and the Dark Sky Reserve. The closest city is Timaru which sits on the seaside,

    Directions…

    The Vicarage is easy to find, right in the centre of Geraldine. Geraldine is one hour and 40 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport and just one hour drive from Lake Tekapo and the Dark Sky Reserve. The closest city is Timaru which sits on the seaside, a 30minute drive away.

    NEARBY ACTIVITIES – Open the ACTIVITIES TAB above for more detailed information

    Nearby popular destinations…

    • Lake Tekapo, Timaru, Peel Forest, Mesopotamia

    Tariff…

    From $250.00 to $435.00 per night (excludes meals)

     

    Nearby popular destinations…

    • Lake Tekapo, Timaru, Peel Forest, Mesopotamia

    Tariff…

    From $250.00 to $435.00 per night (excludes meals)

    The VicarageArchdeacon Robin Smith was the Vicar of Geraldine for 11 years between 1974 – 1985. His daughter Rachel, a family friend, slept in this bedroom.
    This room is upstairs with views of the Riverside Rhododendron walkway, looking out over the Church lawns and the Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery.
    Completely refurbished in a contemporary style that is sympathetic to the building’s distinguished heritage. Feature wallpaper behind the bed contrasts with the simple off-white decor, plaster cornices, ceiling rose and elegant chandelier. Superking bed – quality cotton linen – feather duvets – ensuite bathroom.
    The VicarageThe Reverend John Hayhoe served 11 years as the vicar of Geraldine between 2006-2017. He was also the last vicar to live in this Vicarage.
    This room is upstairs with views over the town centre to the Geraldine Downs behind.
    Completely refurbished in a contemporary style that is sympathetic to the building’s distinguished heritage. Feature wallpaper behind the bed contrasts with the simple off-white decor, plaster cornices, ceiling rose and elegant chandelier. Superking bed – quality cotton linen – feather duvets – ensuite.
    The VicarageThe Reverend Lawrence Brown, better known as Parson Brown, was the first vicar of Geraldine, serving seven years between 1862 – 1869. Lodgings near Woodbury were provided by Alfred Cox.
    This room is downstairs with a small outdoors courtyard, a table and two chairs and it faces to the nor-east.
    Completely refurbished in a contemporary style that is sympathetic to the building’s distinguished heritage. Feature wallpaper behind the bed contrasts with the simple off-white decor, plaster cornices, ceiling rose and elegant chandelier. SuperKing bed – quality cotton linen – feather duvets – ensuite bathroom.
    The VicarageArchdeacon Harold Purchas was the fourth vicar of Geraldine, serving ten years between 1920 – 1930.
    This room is downstairs with French doors opening to the nor-west onto a verandah with a table and two chairs.
    Completely refurbished in a contemporary style that is sympathetic to the building’s distinguished heritage. Feature wallpaper behind the bed contrasts with the simple off-white decor, plaster cornices, ceiling rose and elegant chandelier. SuperKing bed – quality cotton linen – feather duvets – ensuite bathroom.
    VicarageThe Reverend James Preston was the second and longest serving vicar of Geraldine between 1870-1898, retiring just two years before this Vicarage was built.
    This room is upstairs with views over the town centre.
    Completely refurbished in a contemporary style that is sympathetic to the building’s distinguished heritage. Feature wallpaper behind the bed contrasts with the simple off-white decor, plaster cornices, ceiling rose and elegant chandelier. SuperKing bed – quality cotton linen – feather duvets – ensuite bathroom.
    VicarageArchdeacon Staples Hamilton served for 21 years as the third vicar of Geraldine between 1899 – 1920 and was instrumental in getting this Vicarage built less than two years after he arrived.
    This downstairs room was traditionally the large study where the Vicar would hold meetings with parishioners. It opens onto an outdoors courtyard, with a table and two chairs. Completely refurbished in a contemporary style that is sympathetic to the building’s distinguished heritage. Feature wallpaper behind the bed contrasts with the simple off-white decor, plaster cornices, ceiling rose and elegant chandelier. SuperKing bed – quality cotton linen – feather duvets – ensuite bathroom.
    VicarageThe Vicar’s Sitting Room

    This shared sitting room plays tribute to all seventeen previous vicars of the Geraldine Parish. Their stories over 147 years make fascinating reading. The Vicar’s Sitting Room is located downstairs with double French doors to the sun, and a gas fire to keep it warm in winter. Mix and mingle with your fellow guests before heading out to dinner and make use of the TV and Kitchenette.

     

     

    Canon Bob Lowe Sitting RoomVicarage

    Canon Bob Lowe was resident between 1960 and 1963 before developing his career as Vicar of St Barnabas Fendalton, author, radio and television host. His career was both brilliant and controversial and he was arguably New Zealand’s best orator and after dinner speaker. This sitting room will sometimes be booked by an adjoining room but at other times will be available for all guests to use. It is upstairs with glorious views and bathed in sunshine for most of the day.

    Vicarage HostsIn late 2017 Michael & Brigitte Barker decided to buy and restore this iconic building in the centre of Geraldine and welcome guests to enjoy the old Vicarage, the charming town and the rural hinterland. Over six generations, the Barker family have had many connections with the 18 Vicars of Geraldine. 

    The Barker family business making jams and preserves was established and still thrives on their farm just outside Geraldine.  Michael is the fifth generation of Barker’s to own land in the Geraldine area but was the first to never farm it. His parents founded a cottage industry called Barker’s Wines in 1969 and developed a range of fruit wines. You are invited to visit the Barker’s Wines exhibit, and other interesting local exhibits in the Geraldine Museum, just 80 metres from the Vicarage, on Cox St. 

    The Barker’s business grew and it no longer makes fruit wines but fruits are the hero of a range of premium Jams, Chutneys, Relishes, Sauces, Dressings & Vinaigrettes, Compotes, Fruit Pastes and Fruit Syrups. Australian visitors may recognise some of these Barker’s products which are now available in Australian supermarkets. Michael was the Chief Executive and is now Chairman of Barker Fruit Processors which is the town’s largest employer.  If you look in the fridge you will hopefully find a jar of jam or sauce, proudly labelled ‘Barker’s of Geraldine.’ 

    GERALDINE ACTIVITIES

    Geraldine is the perfect place to base yourself for two or more nights while you explore the hills, mountains, rivers, forests and beaches of beautiful South Canterbury. Geraldine itself has long been regarded as one of New Zealand’s most attractive towns, with almost a lush green English feel. The flat Canterbury plains stretch east to the sea and mountains rise up behind with spectacular river gorges and native bush to explore.

    Riverside rhododendrons and New Zealand native bush
    Within 50 metres of the vicarage you will find the Geraldine Walkway, accessed via the Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery next door. Don’t miss this beautiful 30 minute walk along the Waihi River, through rhododendron dells and mature deciduous trees, to the North end of Talbot St.  Then either return along Talbot St, or cross the road and immerse yourself for 15 minutes in the beautiful native bush of Talbot Forest (The Matai Walk), before wandering back to the Vicarage. This is a one hour leisurely walk.

    Around the town
    Enjoy tastings of local foods including Barker’s of Geraldine Drinks and Preserves, Talbot Forest Specialty Cheeses, Waihi Bush Organic flax seed oils, the Saturday morning farmer’s market, local cafes and bars.
    Browse the weekend roadside craft market, art galleries and specialty shops.
    Pamper yourself at a day spa.
    Watch a movie in our historic cinema.
    Visit the very interesting Geraldine Museum and the Geraldine Vintage Car & Machinery Museum.
    Familiarise yourself with Geraldine we suggest you book a two hour Geraldine heritage walking tour with the Tales & Trails walking tour (021 047 5087)

    Embrace rural New Zealand (You need to book in advance with these owner operators)

    • Explore spectacular mountains and rivers in guided alps2ocean4 wheel drive tours (0800 425 772), including “Lord of the Rings” tours.
    • Enjoy a slice of authentic New Zealand farming life with a visit to Geraldine Farm Tours. Get hands on with the animals and watch sheep being shorn (021 065 0574 or 03 692 2900). 
    • Enjoy a farm walk with friendly Alpaca’s (0204 011 7629 or 03 696 3848). 
    • Personalised alpine scenic flights (+64 3 303 6400) will fly you over our highest mountains or take you wherever you want to go!
    • Explore Peel Forest and beyond into the epic Rangitata river gorge to Mesopotamia
    • Helicopter rides for sightseeing or hunting from Mesopotamia Station
    • Drive to the coast and explore Timaru City.

    For the more active

    • Horse trekking (0800 022 536) with Peel Forest Horse Trekking
    • Rangitata river rafting (0800 251 251, Daily Oct-Apr.) https://www.rafts.co.nz/
    • Cycle tracks
    • Canyoning(0800 244 762, From 20th Oct – 31st Mar, Minimum 2 pax)
    • Golf courses. Denfield 03 693 9154 and Grande Vue 03 693 8396
    • Winter snow skiing at Mt Hutt, Mt Dobson and more

    Walkways

    • Peel Forest is a special native bush conservation area, just 20 minutes away by car, offering both short and longer track options.  https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/peel-forest-park-scenic-reserve/
    • If you are fit and have a day to spare you can climb Little Mount Peel – from the summit on a fine day you will enjoy panoramic views over Canterbury.
    • The Orari Gorge Scenic Reserve offers a short nearby native bush walk over varied terrain.
    • There are interesting walks at the Kakahu Lime Kiln & Pioneer Park.
    • If you enjoy a tramp (or hike) with or without packs, you need to pre-book the 3 to 4 day Four Peaks High Country Track.

    The night sky

    • The Geraldine Observatory is the best equipped private observatory in the South Island and is operated by enthusiast Peter Aldous from his home observatory in Geraldine. He loves sharing his vast knowledge with small groups, so don’t for one minute think that you have to be in Lake Tekapo to see the night sky. But do book in advance (03 693 7337 or wynaldous@gmail.com)

    Day Trips

    • Lake Tekapo takes 1 hour by car, dark sky observatory and star gazing tours, hot pools, ice skating & skiing in winter, Church of the Good Shepherd.
    • Mesopotamia takes one hour and 30 minutes by car, a working sheep station at the head of the Rangitata River Gorge. Stop along the way at Peel Forest and select from a variety of short and long walks through the native bush surrounding Mount Peel. Visit the old Mesopotamia School, walk a section of the Te Araroa Trail along the Bush Stream. Helicopter rides and hunting trips.
    • Timaru takes 30 minutes by car, the largest town in South Canterbury located on a cliff overlooking the sea. Stroll along the boardwalk in Caroline Bay. Visit the Te Ana Maori rock drawings centre and check out the cafes, bars, restaurants and shops as you walk up Stafford Street to the Bay Hill.

    Eating out

    • The Vicarage is located in the central hospitality precinct of Geraldine with eight cafes, restaurants and bars located within 200m. Three of these are right next door, and during the summer, the Geraldine Farmer’s Market is also next door in the Anglican Church grounds.

     

    Links to local websites for more information 
    www.geraldine.nz
    www.aorakitourism.co.nz
    https://southcanterbury.org.nz/event-directory/whats-on-event-calendar/
    Or visit the Geraldine Information Centre in the Kiwi Country visitor complex.

     

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