10am to 4pm, 7 December 2014
Sunday Centennial Celebration of Riccarton Bush Reserve, donated 100 years ago
Come join us to celebrate our:
- Wonderfully protected alluvial Bush Forest
- Delightful gardens and protected trees
- Renovated and reopened Riccarton House
- Reopened Bistro
Affiliated Schools tug of war – Lone Star ‘Tug of War’ Competition
With local Intermediate and Secondary Schools from 12pm
Great Lone Star prizes on offer and a cup to boot!
“Lone Star is thrilled and honoured to be part of these celebrations”
Come and cheer on your school team and join the fun with the Crusader Anchormen
Food Stalls Bouncy Castle All Black exhibits
QR Treasure hunts House lunches City Mission Christmas Tree
Music bands Vintage cars House Tours
Devonshire Teas Craft Stalls Face Painting
And other surprises!
Competition: what is the name (in Maori and English) of the tallest tree in Riccarton Bush. Write your answers on an envelope and place in the box within the Heritage Tour Room, Riccarton House. Prizes to be drawn at 12.30pm in the marquee.
Treasure Hunt: We will be running two treasure hunts; a traditional hunt for 7 year old’s and younger, and the other; using QR codes – to test the technology savvy and open to all ages. Both start at 11am and prizes to be presented at 12.30 in the marquee.
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.