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Riccarton House, Christchurch

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
Step into another era at Riccarton House, the carefully restored homestead of the pioneering Deans family--the first Europeans to settle in the Canterbury Plains. Take a guided tour of their grand Victorian and Edwardian house (it was built in stages), decorated and furnished in accurate period style, and visit the Deans' cottage, the family's first home and oldest building on the plains. Afterwards, enjoy a rustic, locally sourced meal at the restaurant, located within the house itself, or enjoy a peaceful stroll through the ornate gardens and surrounding bush--home to towering kahikatea trees some 600 years old. A popular farmer's market is held every Saturday on the site. Use our Christchurch holiday planner to add Riccarton House and other attractions to your Christchurch vacation plans.
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  • This afternoon while in Christchurch I decided to visit Riccarton House to attend a guided tour as I love New Zealand history, old buildings, Museums.and antiques in general., I'm so pleased I did.The...  more »
  • We especially love coming to Riccarton House on a Saturday morning go get groceries for the week and a few weekend treats. But lately we've spent a bit of time walking through the native area and arou...  more »
  • For a summerday walk, Riccarton bush is awesome, green getaway from the town buzz. A small pathway takes you through the bush and info boards by the plants give you information about the local flora a...  more »
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  • Riccarton House I can take or leave, but Riccarton Bush, just beside it? Ohhhh, I love it. It's a 20 minute walk through bush... but in the middle of a city. Easy to forget that a few hundred metres in either direction and you're in a supermarket or in the middle of a busy intersection.. This place is quiet, and fresh, and like a little green oasis.
  • The place itself is beautiful, however the cafe experience was average. We ordered 2 takeaway coffees and then handed a table number to 'hold' (long stemed-style) which was odd, especially given there was only one other person waiting for coffee. A group of friends arrive after me, their interaction with the guy behind the counter suggests they are friends. They got their coffee order before mine so I had waited 20mins in total for 2 average tasting coffees.
  • What a lovely setting will b great in Summer food was great as well as price menu could be bigger staff lovely
  • Lovely short loop walk with baby and buggy. Great spot to bring a picnic and the extended family for a bit of a run around and fun.
  • We really love this place. Calm, beautiful, good to be here. A definitelly must see attraction in the city.