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Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

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Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

Which is the better option for an overnight stay, Fairlie or Geraldine?

We've been to the SI many times, but I'm drawing a blank on this area.

The idea is to drive from Christchurch towards Wanaka, making a stop overnight en route, to limit the driving on our first day.

Cheers.

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1. Re: Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

Fairlie is closer to the halfway point between CHC and Wanaka but IMO Geraldine is a nicer town. Although neither town has "Alot" to do. But if you plan to arrive in the evening and leave then next morning then Fairlie might be the best choice because of the location being almost halfway between Chch and Wanaka

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2. Re: Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

Thanks for that ByronBay1.

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3. Re: Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

if you do end up in Fairlie overnight, we had a lovely meal at the Old Library restaurant in the town. This was a couple of years ago now, so dont know what its like now, but back then the food and service was very good.

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4. Re: Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

Thanks Herefordshire. We've been to the Old Library on previous visits, but never had dinner there. Perhaps its time we did.

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5. Re: Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

I like the meal at the Old Library as well. However I would be inclined to push on to Tekapo. This would depend on what time you started though. I think it's about an hour from Fairlie on a good road. You could stoll have a meal in Fairlie as eating in Tekapo is not that flash.

Edited: 26 December 2010, 00:49
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6. Re: Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

We would like to stay in our campervan for one night without going to a holiday village

and were wondering if we could park some where nice by a river or similar.

We wont be leaving christchurch until about 2/230pm, any suggestions?

Thanks Dee Brisbane

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7. Re: Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

Welcome to the forum Dee :)

From Chch are you planning to travel north, south or west?

If you don't wish to camp in a holiday park I can recommend DOC sites. They are often quite primitive with few amenities but they are often in stunning locations …govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/…

Stopping to camp by a river or lake is only possible if a camping sign is posted and your campervan has a full on-board toilet, shower and kitchen

http://www.camping.org.nz/

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8. Re: Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

thank you, we are planning to go to Wanaka, and we will have full facilities, toilet shower and kitchen

Dee

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9. Re: Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

The Waihi Gorge is the perfect spot you are looking for. It is easy to get to just drive up the Woodbury Rd (on your right just on the out skirts of Geraldine when coming from North). Only 5-10 min drive from Geraldine. It even has some swimming holes, bird song and very peaceful. Toilet facilities. And it will only take you approx 1.5 - 2 hours from Christchurch. Enjoy it - we do.

Oh yes and there is a good restaurant called Taste. Or a lovely cafe (day time hours) called Verde for the perfect coffee.

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10. Re: Geraldine vs Fairlie for an overnight stay

Many thanks,sounds just what we were looking for

Dee