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Riccarton House & Bush

16 Kahu Road, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
+64 27 544 0462
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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.
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16 Kahu Road, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
+64 27 544 0462
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Always a good place to go on a Saturday morning. Lots of food stalls, ready to eat as well as produce to buy. Go early to beat the rush and the heat.

Thank Herbie15
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a guided tour of the house and learned a lot about the history of Christchurch as well as of New Zealand. The builders and original inhabitants of the house were very instrumental in both the development of the city as well as the...More

Thank tkt1961
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hard to get all of this in one stop, but Richardson House managed to fill the bill. A reallly great 1800s structure, wonderfully restored after the 2011 earthquake with a nice spot of lunch and an informative tour of the house and history of its...More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful walk through the native forest and the gardens including the raised beds in the vegetable patch at the back of the main house. Visited Deans Cottage, sat by the river and had a tasty lunch in restaurant, I had the flatbread with slices of...More

Thank christine0079
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great informative tour and interesting natural bush walk close to the city. We were disappointed with the grounds after visiting Mona Vale we expected better. The rose garden was a pleasant place to have a coffee but the outer areas are full of weeds.More

1  Thank YuttaFischer
Riccarton H, Manager at Riccarton House & Bush, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. We would love to have a garden like Mona Vale but we are a charitable trust and have limited resources to keep the garden manicured to the standard we would like. Also with such a wet spring the weeds have...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first stop after arriving in Christchurch on Saturday and dropping off our bags and was a great way to start our trip. We had to circle around once and got lucky with a parking spot, but there were so many vendors offering...More

Thank Jim S
Shona W, Manager at Riccarton House & Bush, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It is a pretty special place. What a good first impression of New Zealand. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately we arrived too late for the conducted tour of the house which looked very grand so we settled for a light lunch on the verandah in the sun with a glass each of chardonnay.Th setting alongside the Avon is very picturesque and peaceful

Riccarton H, Manager at Riccarton House & Bush, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Do come back for a tour - it is well worth while.

Reviewed 29 October 2017

A lovely place to spend an hour or so just wandering around admiring the well preserved historic, character house complete with doves and cute kitchen garden. The house is surrounded by shady woods with walkways- a section is protected from predators by enclosed fences. The...More

Thank Trippytrekker
Riccarton H, Manager at Riccarton House & Bush, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Many thanks for your kind words. It is such a beautiful time of the year and the grounds are looking maginificent.

Reviewed 28 October 2017

This location hosts the best farmers market in Christchurch. Outstanding stalls who offer a range of exciting artisan food lines and plenty of supply. Always a highlight when visiting Christchurch

Thank Rosebank430
Riccarton H, Manager at Riccarton House & Bush, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

The market is very popular and very busy. The place comes alive - well worth a visit.

Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Nice place to visit on a sunny day...or even on a damp day. Nice easy flat strolls around the lawns and preserved bush areas...Grandparent and stroller friendly. Reasonably priced food and coffee on site and a nice range of places to sit, eat and drink...More

Thank eater2016
Riccarton H, Manager at Riccarton House & Bush, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you for your comments. It is a pretty special place.

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