After a two-year renovation the Vicarage opened in October 2019. The eye catching wallpaper’s, stained glass windows, vicar’s sitting room and attention to every detail, are the talk of the town.
Rates - including agents agreed commission:
Winter season – 1 April 2020 - 30 Sept. 2020, $250
Summer season–1 Oct. 2020 - 31 Mar. 2021, $335
Winter season – 1 April 2021 - 30 Sept. 2021, $250
Summer season -1 Oct. 2021 - 31 Mar. 2022, $335
Room only, breakfast is not included.
Includes a complimentary bottle of wine in the fridge of each room and the communal sitting rooms offer a nightcap of port or “eau de vie” (made by Michael’s father).
Six deluxe bedrooms, each with ensuite & small kitchenette. Max occupancy is two persons.
The three upstairs bedrooms are spacious and share “The Bob Lowe sitting room” including well appointed kitchenette and TV.
The three downstairs bedrooms share “The Vicar’s sitting room” including well appointed kitchenette, gas fire, TV and deck.
Bedroom two downstairs is an accessible bedroom which you can request.
There is no lift. A beautiful old staircase accesses the upstairs rooms.
All rooms have super-king beds that can also be configured into two single beds.
Minimum age is 14 years.
All guests can access a shared laundry with washing machine, drier, iron & ironing board.
Checkout is 10am. Later by prior arrangement
Check-in any-time after 3pm. Earlier by prior arrangement.
We will advise the unique lock box code when we confirm each booking, so you can include it in your guest’s itinerary.
We are not a full service hotel, but we do provide fresh towels every second day and clean sheets every third day.
Cancellation Policy; No deposit. Full charges apply if the booking is canceled within 7 days of arrival.
Duty Hostess: Mobile 027 6939027 email: [email protected]
Michael Barker: Mobile 0274 325095
Meal options which can be pre-ordered for room delivery:
Continental breakfast for two: $30.
Cold supper platter for two: $25 for vegetarian and $35 for either seafood or meat.
The shared sitting rooms have full cooking facilities.
The Barker's Foodstore & Eatery next door offers a delicious breakfast and brunch menu from 8.30am and lunch and afternoon teas until 3.30pm. They can do room deliveries. They are licensed to serve beers and wines.
One hour and 40 minutes from Christchurch International Airport.
Just a one-hour drive to Lake Tekapo and the Dark Sky Reserve.
Geraldine is beautiful and charming, a genuine New Zealand village.
Home to a vibrant hospitality precinct, art galleries, boutique shopping, day spa’s, museums and walkways.
The Vicarage is situated next door to the new Barker’s Foodstore and Eatery which tempts visitors with free tastings of a wide range of Barker’s delicious products. The region’s leading visitor attraction, the perfect place for breakfast, lunch, coffee and more! www.barkersfoodstore.nz
Well serviced with bespoke tour operators ie. Four-wheel drive tours via Peel Forest to Mesopotamia Station at the headwaters of the mighty Rangitata River, farm visits, horse trekking, canyoning, Geraldine night sky observatory, walking tours and more!
Just 30 minutes to Timaru city on the coast. Walk the Caroline Bay Boardwalk and visit the Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre.
See the full contact details of the various operators below
Full day (7- 8 hours) Mesopotamia guided 4x4 adventure tour with Alps2Ocean.
Pick up from the Vicarage, and travel via Peel Forest and up the mighty Rangitata River Valley to visit the historic Mesopotamia sheep station located in the heart of the Southern Alps. The 4WD vehicle will take you high on station tracks through the deer park, you may also see Himalayan Thar. You will understand why this landscape was chosen as the site for Edoras and Helm's Deep in the "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy. Picnic lunch & refreshments provided. Wholesale prices (add your commision on top): $197 per person x 2 minimum, $175 for 4 to 8 persons, $164 for 9 to 16 persons. Contact: Wayne Keenan (20 years experience as a raft, kayak and 4WD guide) 0800 425 772 www.alps2ocean.co.nz. [email protected]
Wayne also offers these 4x4 tours in combination with mountain bike descents from the high valleys, inflatable kayak adventures, guided hikes and farm tours. He will taylor a package to suit your guests.
Half day (3-4 hours) guided 4x4 adventure tour with Alps2Ocean.
Pick up from the Vicarage, and visit an historic sheep, cattle and deer farm, explore glacial carved river valleys and native forest. You can book a cycle option to ride back down the gradual valley tracks, bike hire & helmet included. Light snack provided. Wholesale prices (add your commission on top): $121.00 per person x 2 minimum, $108.00 for 4 to 8 persons, $99 for 9 to 16 persons. Contact: Wayne Keenan 0800 425 772 www.alps2ocean.co.nz [email protected]
Full day (8-9 hours) High Country Cycle Ride and 4x4 combo with Alps2Ocean.
Pick up from the Vicarage, and travel deep into the heart of the Southern Alps to ride hidden high country trails. Four wheel drive to a picnic spot up the Rangitata valley surrounded by snow capped peaks and snowfields then ride the long gradual descent on clay and grass tracks down to the valley floor. Cross country trails are optional. Bikes, helmets, picnic and photos included. Wholesale prices: $224 per person x 2 minimum, $199 for 4 to 8 persons. Contact: Wayne Keenan (20 years experience as a raft, kayak and 4WD guide) 0800 425 772 www.alps2ocean.co.nz [email protected]
Geraldine walking tour (2 hours) with Geraldine Heritage Trails & Tales.
Two hour evening session at the Geraldine Observatory.
Contact: Peter Aldous, retired amateur astronomer 03 693 7337 [email protected]
A nine minute walk from the Vicarage at 22 MacDonald St, Geraldine.
Day Spa massage or therapy or beauty treatment.
Massage or treatment at either ilu Day Spa OR from Bella Salu Beauty Therapy. Standard pricing is $90 per hour which does not include a commission.
Or Bella Salu Beauty Therapy: Phone: 03 693 9960. Mobile: 0272260765. [email protected] www.bellasalu.co.nz
Horse Trekking with Peel Forest Horse Trekking at Peel Forest.
The two hour river & forest trek takes you along the Rangitata River, and into Peel Forest. During this ride you will have stunning views up the Rangitata River to the Southern Alps. Suited to all levels of riders. Experienced riders can go for a canter if desired. $120 per person. Prices can include a commission if agreed with Penny.
They also offer half day treks for $220 per person (includes a snack) and a full day trek for $360 per person including a light lunch.
Contact; Freephone: 0800 022 536 or +64 3 6963 703 Attn: Pennie How. www.peelforesthorsetrekking.co.nz
Geraldine Farm Tours
Relaxed, hands on, authentic experience on several working farms including morning tea with your hosts.
Contact: 03 693 2900, [email protected] www.geraldinefarmtours.com
SUGGESTED FOUR DAY GERALDINE ITINERARY
If arriving in town late in the evening, pre-order a platter for two to be delivered to your room. You’ll find a complimentary bottle of wine in your fridge, and port in the sitting room.
Breakfast and browse at the Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery next door from 8.30am
Morning walk: Walk the Geraldine Walkway. Allow up to 1 hour plus another hour for browsing as you walk back down the main street!
OR: Walking tour (2hrs) of Geraldine with John Jenson 021 047 5087
Stroll around the town – take in some art, history, local food & more:
Susan Badcock Gallery featuring works by John Badcock (upstairs in the old Post Office)
The Mail Room (downstairs in the old Post Office next door to the Vicarage)
Merivale Fine Arts Gallery (opposite the Vicarage)
McAtamney Gallery & Design Store (100m North along Talbot Street)
The Geraldine Museum (100m along Wilson St, towards Lake Tekapo)
The Geraldine Vintage Car & Machinery Museum (1km away at 178 Talbot St)
Lilia's Lace Museum - 1.5km away at 240 Talbot St
Talbot Forest Cheese – in the BerryBarn complex opposite the Vicarage
Waihi Bush Organic Farms – Flax seed oils & much more, in the BerryBarn complex
Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery – taste the latest products and check out their drinks station!
And…really excellent speciality shopping - all within 300m of the Vicarage!
Lunch: There are many establishments to choose from!
Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery 03 6939727 and Verde Cafe 03-693 9616 next door are hard to beat!
Afternoon restoration & relaxation; Some men may choose a massage for some body repairs and maintenance while others may prefer to experience the repairs at the Geraldine Vintage Car & Machinery Museum. The ladies can choose a therapy or treatment to revitalise and rejuvenate at ilu unisex Day Spa 03 693 7130 or at Bella Salu 03 693 9960
Drinks: The downstairs sitting room and deck is a good place to gather. Then you may choose to stroll down to The Village Inn for another drink or two….
Dinner options – The first four are all within 200m on the main street.
The Village Inn. Good quality country hotel food. 03-693 1004
The Royal India restaurant 03-693 8877
Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery offers a casual dinner menu (gourmet pizza etc) on Friday evening's until 8.30pm. They also host pre-booked Dinner Parties for groups of twelve. 03 6939727
The Green Man at Peel Forest (15 minute drive) often has live country music – Thurs, Fri & Sat nights 03 696 3587
Valley Brewing Co – Fri & Sat nights (microbrewery) 10km along SH 79 to Fairlie 03-697 4959
Oxford Restaurant 03-688 3297. Approx 30 minute drive into Timaru.
Fusion Eatery – 03 688 8550 in Timaru, Approx 30 minute drive into Timaru
Stronechrubie Restaurant - 03 303 9814. Approx 30 minute drive North to Mt Somers on the inland Scenic Route
There is also a Fresh Choice supermarket and various take-away options including Indian, Fish & Chips, Hamburgers, Chinese & Subway filled rolls.
After dinner - After dinner, wander up to the Geraldine Observatory 03-6937337 and be entranced with 2 hours of views and stories by Peter Aldous, Geraldine’s own hugely experienced amateur astronomer.
Start your day with a slice of authentic New Zealand farming life. Geraldine Farm Tours will show you a working sheep and beef farm and a leading deer farm and allow you to get hands on with farm animals.(021 065 0574 or 03 692 2900).
Enjoy a game of golf at Geraldine's superb Denfield Golf Course (5km from the Vicarage) 03-693 9154
or you can choose the shorter 9 hole Grandview Golf Course on the Downs 03 693 8396
If golf is not your thing, we suggest a drive to Lake Tekapo (one hour) with a lunch stop at the Fairlie Bakehouse for one of their famous salmon & bacon or pork belly pies. Or push on and enjoy the cuisine and views of the lake from the Kohan Japanese restaurant. We suggest you drive up Mt John ($8.00 road toll, 15 minutes drive to the top, beyond Tekapo) to enjoy a coffee in the Astro Cafe, the 360 views over the McKenzie country are stunning on a good day. From the town you can walk across the bridge to visit the iconic Church of The Good Shepherd and the McKenzie Sheep Dog Statue which recognises the value of the sheep dog.
Travel by car to Peel Forest and continue up the spectacular Rangitata River Gorge – drive as far as Mesopotamia Station 03 696 3738 (70km one way). Beautiful bush walks, history and the most breath-taking high-country scenery which Matt Searle shares on www.instagram.com/mailtomessy/- he takes these images on his daily 'Mail Run'.
We might be able to arrange a tour guide if you want some commentary
(If this is your last day, you will have plenty of time to drive home. If you are heading North, turn off after Peel Forest and cross the inland Rangitata River bridge and take the inland Scenic Route. If you are heading South, drive back through Geraldine.)
Take a 30 minute drive into Timaru, the regional centre, and stroll along the Caroline Bay boardwalk which showcases the South Island's most popular beach. Visit the Te Ana Maori rock art centre, check out the cafes, bars, restaurants and shops as you walk up Stafford Street to the Bay Hill.
If you have time we suggest you detour via Pleasant Point and Raincliff on your way back to Geraldine to take in some local history and scenery. The Pleasant Point Railway Museum invites you to book a visit on Saturdays and Wednesdays - ring them first on (+64) 3 614 8323. Drive through Pleasant Point then turn right up Totara Valley and through Raincliff to Pioneer Park which is a 390-hectare conservation area with links to the early settlers of the district. The Homebush Track is an easy 30 minute walk through native bush or you could opt for a longer 2 hour walk. Then drive back to Geraldine via Gudex Road, Skipton Bridge and SH79.