15th March 2024
This is your Friday morning cruise. Park up on Caroline Bay from 9am on Friday March 17th, (Yes there will be 2 coffee vans available) where the cruise will leave for Geraldine at 11am. For those of you travelling from the north feel free to join everyone at Geraldine.
The friendly folk of Geraldine are thrilled to welcome once again the Rock and Hop participants in 2024 to their beautiful part of the world for the Friday Cruise. Geraldine, nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps, enjoys a warm micro climate and has been billed by the Lonely Planet Guide as the “loveliest town in New Zealand” so make sure you get there to soak up everything the town has to offer.
Following your scenic countryside drive you will arrive in town to a dedicated parking area close to the centre of the town, where you can picnic beside your vehicle or enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the many delicious cafes.
Then take a wander along the tree-lined streets to browse the boutiques specialising in everything from giftware to crafts, fashion and quality homewares. The town is renowned for its art scene and boasts a number of galleries or you can choose to visit an artist in their studio.
There will be music on the Village Green, Geraldine Auto Restorations will open their doors so you can catch a sneak peek of recent restorations and their hall of fame. The highly acclaimed Vintage Car and Machinery Museum is a must-visit attraction while you are in town. Highway 79's private museum collection will be open on Craigs Road just off the Geraldine-Fairlie Highway.
A riverside walk or a stroll through Talbot Forest is a great way to round off your time in this gem of a town.
Feel free to cruise back to Timaru anytime you like but the official cruise will leave Geraldine at 2pm, giving you plenty of time to check out what's happening downtown in Timaru before you park up for the Main Street Cruise.