Christchurch and Canterbury Sights


Riccarton House and Bush

Riccarton House and Bush Review

The Deans, a Scottish family, beat even the Canterbury Association settlers to this region. Riccarton Bush, their home, is now run by a trust. You can view the small wooden cottage (built 1843) that was their first house. At the time of this writing, the larger Victorian/Edwardian wooden house, built between 1856 and 1900, is still closed due to earthquake damage, but should re-open soon. You can also amble through the last remnant of the original native floodplain forest still standing in Christchurch, with its 600-year-old kahikatea trees. The Christchurch Farmers Market is held in the grounds of Riccarton House each Saturday morning from 9 to 1pm. And the Artisans Market is held there each Sunday from 11 to 3pm.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 16 Kahu Rd., Riccarton, Christchurch, 8041 | Map It
  • Phone: 03/341–1018
  • Cost: Free entry to gardens
  • Hours: Daily, dawn–dusk
  • Website:
  • Location: Christchurch
Updated: 02-26-2014

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