Riccarton House & Bush

Riccarton House & Bush is a unique New Zealand heritage site flanked by beautiful open parkland and ornate gardens, bordered by the River Avon and set against extensive native bush forest featuring Kahikatea trees up to 600 years old.


This tranquil 12 hectare reserve is located just 3.5 km from Christchurch city centre.
In 1843 the area known to Maori as Putaringamotu – “the place of an echo” – became home to the pioneering Deans family, the first Europeans to settle the Canterbury Plains. The family’s dramatic story of endurance and tragedy; of dreams, love and promises, is woven into the fabric of these beautifully restored buildings and emerges as you explore the house, grounds and beyond.
Join us for a guided tour of Riccarton House, visit Deans Cottage, take a peaceful stroll through the verdant bush or wander the park grounds before enjoying morning/afternoon tea, lunch and superb coffee, either in the Drawing Room restaurant or outside in our courtyard.

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Physical address

Riccarton House & Bush, Riccarton House & Bush, Christchurch, 16 Kahu Road, Christchurch - Canterbury, New Zealand, Fendalton, Christchurch, Christchurch - Canterbury, New Zealand.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
6.9 kms to Christchurch Airport
Proximity to town:
3.5 kms to city centre

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Opening times

Business hours:
9.00 am - 4.00pm
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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