Fodor's Expert Review Riccarton House and Bush

Greater Christchurch Historic Home Fodor's Choice

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. The larger Victorian–Edwardian wooden house, built between 1856 and 1900, now houses a café called Local. Guided heritage tours are available; check the website for details. 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 1, and there are guided house tours at 11 am and 2 pm Sunday through Friday.

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16 Kahu Rd.
Christchurch, Canterbury  8041, New Zealand


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $18 includes guided house tour; free entry to gardens and bush

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