Six beautifully appointed guest rooms each with comfortable superking bed and ensuite. Communal sitting rooms.

5 star rating on Trip Advisor and Airbnb. Exceptional '9.5" on 4.9 on Google

The Vicarage offers independent accommodation with keypad access so that you can enjoy your stay at your own pace. Three days before you arrive, we will email your unique code which unlocks the dropbox containing your room key. There are six car parks, directly in front of the well lit, covered verandah of the Vicarage. Closed circuit TV at the entrance is monitored and someone is on call to assist with any issues that may arise.

Centrally located in Geraldine surrounded by shops and cafes and walkways, pretty Geraldine has a village vibe and an active arts scene. Often described as New Zealand's most beautiful town, Geraldine is a destination town with quintessential New Zealand character, situated between Christchurch and the  Dark Sky Reserve at Lake Tekapo


The Vicarage’s central location finds you right next door to the town’s major visitor attraction, the new Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery which is perched on the Waihi Riverbank overlooking the beautiful Riverside rhododendron walkway.

Don’t miss the beautiful Riverside 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 (25 minutes), or cross over the road and immerse yourself for a further 15 minutes in the native bush of Talbot Forest, before wandering back through the centre of town to the Vicarage. A one hour leisurely walk. We highly recommend this walk which circumnavigates our beautiful town and takes in all the interesting shops and galleries.

Inside the Vicarage...

The beautiful old entrance hall takes you back in time with the rich wood paneling and stained glass windows however the guest rooms have been remodelled to provide contemporary luxury. The mix of old with new will delight and surprise while you relax in comfort and style. Enjoy the complimentary wine and port while you read the photo book of the two year renovation and the stories of the Vicars and their families who lived in the Vicarage for 109 years. As you admire the beautiful wallpapers you will take in the photographic stories of the spectacular walks undertaken by your host Michael with his friends on New Zealand’s remote bush and mountain tracks. 


You will find information in your room, at and at the Information Centre about Geraldine’s abundance of activities, including;
  • walkways & bush walks

  • tastings of local foods:
    - Barker's of Geraldine
    - Geraldine Cheese Factory
    - Humdinger Gin
    - Waihi Bush Organics
  • art galleries and museums

  • specialty shops

  • day spas

  • Geraldine night sky observatory

  • guided 4 wheel drive tours

  • cafes & bars

  • farm tours 

  • golf courses

  • horse trekking at Peel Forest

  • canyoning

  • mountain bike trails

  • explore the mighty Rangitata river gorge, up to Mesopotamia Station

  • explore Timaru City, walk the Caroline Bay boardwalk, visit Te Ana Maori rock art centre



Geraldine is only a 1 hour 40 minutes drive from Christchurch International Airport and is the ideal place to spend your first or last night in the South Island. We suggest you allow several full days to appreciate and explore Geraldine while you are here. Geraldine offers a perfect slice of New Zealand country life and has long been considered one of the most desirable small lifestyle towns in New Zealand.

We both live and work in Geraldine having raised our family here. Michael is the fifth generation Barker to own land in the Geraldine area and was Chief Executive and now Chairman of the town’s largest employer, Barker Fruit Processors Ltd. Together we decided to restore this iconic Geraldine Vicarage and invite guests from all over the world to stay and enjoy its comfortable elegance, our charming town and our beautiful rural hinterland. In this way we will continue to contribute to the wellbeing of this special town that we call home.

Michael and Brigitte Barker

P.S FOR YOUR SAFETY; Contact-less check-in / check-out at any time via your unique access code. Carefully sanitised rooms. Relaxed cancellation policy (see our Terms & Conditions at the very bottom of this page)