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Guided Heritage Tours

Experience a tour of the house and hear the history of the pioneering Deans family – their stories of dreams, love and promises…

Our tour entwines the Deans family story, 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.

Rooms as diverse as the Victorian dining room, nursery, coal cellar, Edwardian bedrooms and Jane Deans 1856 bedroom are visited. All are fully restored and decorated and furnished in period style.

Many original family items, ranging from china, furniture, brogue shoes and a violin are on display. Our tour offers something for everyone and we confidently guarantee that you will enjoy the experience.

Opening Hours/Tour Times

Restaurant Open:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
  • Sunday 9am – 4pm


  • Monday – Friday  2pm and Sunday 11am and 2pm (60 minute tour)
  • Saturday: We are taking a break from our Saturday tours and will review next summer.

Interested?  Contact us for further information.


Monday to Friday Tours – 2pm,  Sunday -11am & 2pm

  • Adults $18
  • Student with ID $12
  • Senior (over 65) $15
  • Children (5 to 18) $5
  • Children under 5 free
  • Family $35 (2 adults plus 2 or more children)

Please note that local residents have free admission when accompanied by a paying guest.

School Tours booked through us: Students and teachers $5 per person

We also have merchandise available.

Education Programmes for Schools

We offer education programmes for schools as part of the “Learning Experience Outside the Classroom” approved by the Ministry of Education. The programmes are a joint venture with the Canterbury Museum, Education Unit, who acts as the coordinator and booking agent. A teachers’ resource kit is available.

Tours of both the Bush and the House are available. For enquiries and bookings please contact the Canterbury Museum on 03 3665 000 ext 817

Private Tours

We also offer private tours for pre-booked groups at times to suit. We can host clubs, societies, corporate and family and social groups, etc.

An evening candlelit tour is a special experience. Morning/afternoon teas, lunch or cocktail food and beverage can be built into a tour package.

Please contact us for further information and bookings.