Riccarton House & Bush

Riccarton House & Bush, Christchurch: Hours, Address, Riccarton House & Bush Reviews: 4.5/5

Riccarton House & Bush
4.5
Historic Sites • Parks
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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. The protected bush area has free entry and the house has a wonderful cafe. Heritage Tours run 6 days per week.
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Melissa W
Invercargill, New Zealand1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Friends
Amazing tour of such a beautiful old homestead. Wonderful tour guide, amazing history. Highly recommend.
Written 28 April 2022
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Many thanks for your feedback
Written 5 May 2022
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Robin G
Paraparaumu, New Zealand93 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
The rich contents of each room were fascinating. Overall the tour was a bit lengthy and somewhat repetitive. The Bush was fabulous with intensive birdsong. The lunch was expensive and only moderate quality.
Written 10 April 2022
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Many thanks for your feedback. I will do a spot of following up.
Written 5 May 2022
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Ross H
Queenstown, New Zealand5 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
Loved visiting this place. Went on a tour. The tour guide John was amazing. He had a wealth of knowledge about the place. Loved going for the Bush Walk. Would strongly recommend this place to people.
Written 7 April 2022
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paula l
Christchurch, New Zealand434 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
Great tour by John thru the history of the Deans family & the house. Entertained, informed & enjoyed the commentary, the rooms & the memorabilia. Beautifully restored after the ChCh earthquakes, retaining its splendour & quirks, oozing with classic style but also practical features. The fridge chiller room, the childrens playroom attic & amazing detail all kept us interested & charmed. Thank you John for a very enjoyable tour with the AFC group.
Written 22 March 2022
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Alan H
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia16 contributions
Mar 2022
We did a guided tour on the history of Riccarton house, John was an excellent guide, he was full of information on the whole history of the house, the family and their history in Canterbury NZ.
Written 22 March 2022
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cpcog
Wellington, New Zealand1,329 contributions
Jan 2022
Riccarton House is very beautiful and stylist. It was a shame that we went there on New Year holiday so we cannot enjoy some tea at the cafe. Anyway, just taking photos outside was lovely. The bush walk was easy and comfortable under the shade. We just are not sure the strong smell was from the trees/bush or any other things...
Written 4 January 2022
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Kodie Redshaw
4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We all loved learning about the background of the Riccarton house and The Dean's family, Really lived it and Anita our tour guide explained really well and she was really lovely.
Highly recommend if your into your history and architecture! Such a lovely story of the Dean's family that goes back 1856-1917, I loved the architecture and the history with the land and the Riccarton house. If your in the south island Christchurch definitely recommend! (:
Written 3 December 2021
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Michael Stace
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions
Oct 2021
I had a guided tour around the house which I found very fascinating. My tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the House and the famous Deans family. I definitely recommend doing the tour if you're interesting in New Zealand history.
Written 30 October 2021
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Thanks for your feedback. It is a very special place.
Written 1 November 2021
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5gomad
Christchurch, New Zealand69 contributions
Oct 2021
Really great tour of interesting old building with lots of insight into how it evolved around the settler family. I usually prefer looking around a place on my own but was surprised how much I enjoyed my guided tour.
Written 25 October 2021
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So glad you enjoyed it.
Written 1 November 2021
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Christine H
3 contributions
Oct 2021
Tour, cafe and bush walk all really good. Tour guide (Anita) warm and friendly and very knowledgable.
Written 6 October 2021
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Thank you for your feedback. Always something to enjoy - regardless of the weather.
Written 1 November 2021
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Riccarton House & Bush is open:
  • Sun - Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM