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A Day in Peel Forest and Geraldine

2-hour drive from Christchurch

A 2-hour drive from Christchurch you'll find Peel Forest. A brilliant area for outdoor enthusiasts, with forests, paddocks and rivers the main characteristics of this region. Peel Forest, is famous for native trees and bush, with a great range of forest walks throughout complete with waterfalls.

One of the best ways to explore Peel Forest is on horseback with Peel Forest Horse Treks. Once you’ve warmed up, the next adventure has to be Rangitata Rafts. Offering challenging rafting on the Rangitata river with exhilarating rapids and celebratory BBQ afterwards.

Just down the road from Peel Forest is picturesque Geraldine. Geraldine enjoys an arty vibe with resident artists in their galleries, and genuine handcrafted New Zealand gifts on sale in the boutique galleries and stores. It’s also a destination for foodies. The home of iconic brands such as Barkers of Geraldine and funky eateries. Then stretch your legs in nearby ancient podocarp forests.

Photo opportunities

  • Walk up Little Mt Peel and be rewarded by beautiful views of the Canterbury Plains and ocean.
  • Mt Sunday, a short inland drive from Mt Somers, offers the best panoramic shots, with snow-capped mountains and vast countryside.

Insider tips

  • Staveley Store is the perfect example of the good old fashioned country cuisine. The food and products on offer are the real deal! Try their venison or jams and spreads - irresistible!

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