Christchurch’s Premier Heritage Attraction
Riccarton House & Bush is a unique New Zealand heritage site consisting of two historic buildings, 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 rose garden courtyard.
Riccarton House and Bush – heritage guided tours
Disability access to ground floor of Riccarton House only
Parking in car park off Kahu Street
A pioneering family’s story of dreams, love and promises… Our tour entwines the story of the Deans family, from its origins in lowland Scotland to the triumphs and tragedy in New Zealand, with a guided experience of over 20 rooms throughout Riccarton House.
Visit rooms as diverse as the Victorian dining room, nursery, coal cellar, Edwardian bedrooms, attic and Jane Deans 1856 bedroom. All are fully restored, decorated and furnished in period style. Many original family items, from china, furniture, and brogue shoes to a violin are on display. Our tour offers something for everyone and we confidently guarantee that you will enjoy the experience.