Step into history

Experience a world of Victorian and Edwardian splendour offering you a glimpse of days gone by.

A grand homestead

Built in three stages - 1856, 1874 and 1900 for Canterbury's pioneering Dean's family.

Experience the Deans family saga

Discover the Deans in their historical homeland of lowland Scotland, and their voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand.

Filled with stories, every room presents a unique opportunity for visitors to explore: the majestic Victorian fine dining room; the family nursery; the old kitchen; the charming Edwardian bedrooms the 1856 bedroom of Jane Deans with taonga (treasures), history and intimacy.

Transport back in time

Every room is filled with period furnishings to ensure a time travel experience.

See original family china, furniture, brogue shoes and even a violin brought out for guests.

Ready to embark on this unforgettable experience?

Book your place on this ground-breaking guided tour of Riccarton House now.

Contact us for more details and book online today to secure your place on this fascinating guided tour of history and heritage.

Book your tour

Eat, drink and enjoy

Riccarton House is home to The Quarters eatery and venue. Enjoy a relaxed environment eating inside our beautiful homestead, or sit outside and enjoy your meal in nature.

Available for private functions, get in touch with The Quarters today.

Visit The Quarters Restaurant

The great values behind our trust

The Riccarton House & Bush Trust is committed to preserving this stunning heritage site in the heart of Christchurch.

Protect & Enhance
Flora & Fauna

Protect and enhance the indigenous flora and fauna of the indigenous forest, including mahinga kai and taonga species.

Promote the Natural & Cultural Heritage

Protect and conserve Riccarton House and Deans Cottage and their Grounds.

Protect & Enhance
House & Cottage

Promote the natural and cultural heritage values of the Riccarton Bush property/Pūtaringamotu.

Increase Visitation to House & Bush

Increase visitation to The Riccarton Bush, Riccarton House, Deans Cottage and their Grounds.