Riccarton House & Bush, Christchurch
(4.5/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Step into another era at Riccarton House & Bush, 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 & Bush and other attractions to your Christchurch vacation plans.
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  • We had heard about the wonderful market and we visited on a warm sunny Saturday. What an array of foodstalls and we were able to try many of the food on offer as well as great coffee. It is obviously ...  more »
  • Deans Bush contains a remnant of native bush in the heart of the city, surrounded by lovely old exotic trees and gardens - bulbs in Spring. The stand of native bush is ring fenced now to keep predator...  more »
  • This is one of the few areas where there is a preserved native forest! It is nice to walk through and see the native flora and fauna to New Zealand. In addition there is a market on Saturdays from 9am...  more »