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.