Ferrymead Heritage Park
Ferrymead Heritage Park
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Ferrymead Park features an early 1900s (Edwardian) township and the park has a variety of restored cottages plus a school house, church and businesses which reflect the period and allow visitors to experience life for the early residents of Christchurch including the smell of a coal range and the sounds of a tram rattling past the door.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Michelle H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something for everyone - even picky teens!
    What a treasure this is. So many hours of love and care in preserving this part of NZ history. So so impressed at the variety of exhibits and quality of information. Something for everyone and our teens were honestly captivated for HOURS! Win! Many thanks for your ongoing work and effort. We will be back. Loved it heaps
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
  • Karen.
    Derby, United Kingdom114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun time.
    We went during the evening food fair. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Good food. Not much choice of drinks. Good Icecream and waffles. Live music. Loved the tram and train and going into the old buildings. Learnt lots. Enthusiastic staff. Would go again.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2024
  • Kathleen C
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outdoor fun regardless of season; explore NZ's history and meet enthusiastic volunteers to answer your questions
    This park is in a lovely setting nestled amongst the Port Hills and easy drive from central Christchurch. There is lots to learn here with many buildings and collections that depict parts of New Zealand's and Christchurch history. The chapel is particularly beautiful and well-preserved. The park is home to many incorporated societies, all run by volunteers, which are dedicated to preserving an aspect of the park - be it the collection of fire history items in the fire museum to an Edwardian home and contents on the property. Please be sure to bring cash and coins so you can donate to the work being done here. Each group has a donation box on their part of the park. It's well worth dropping in a few coins to support their efforts!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 June 2024
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Kathleen C
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This park is in a lovely setting nestled amongst the Port Hills and easy drive from central Christchurch. There is lots to learn here with many buildings and collections that depict parts of New Zealand's and Christchurch history. The chapel is particularly beautiful and well-preserved. The park is home to many incorporated societies, all run by volunteers, which are dedicated to preserving an aspect of the park - be it the collection of fire history items in the fire museum to an Edwardian home and contents on the property. Please be sure to bring cash and coins so you can donate to the work being done here. Each group has a donation box on their part of the park. It's well worth dropping in a few coins to support their efforts!
Written 30 June 2024
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Passenger32956212387
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Great day out with our grandchildren to learn of the past. The model trains were a real hit too , the planes and blacksmiths shop .
Written 29 April 2024
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Karen.
Derby, UK114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went during the evening food fair. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Good food. Not much choice of drinks. Good Icecream and waffles. Live music. Loved the tram and train and going into the old buildings. Learnt lots. Enthusiastic staff. Would go again.
Written 8 April 2024
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Michelle H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
What a treasure this is. So many hours of love and care in preserving this part of NZ history. So so impressed at the variety of exhibits and quality of information. Something for everyone and our teens were honestly captivated for HOURS! Win! Many thanks for your ongoing work and effort. We will be back. Loved it heaps
Written 10 January 2024
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Heiko M
Canterbury Region, New Zealand85 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We used to like this place - it was still a decade ago a buzzing fun place bringing you something like 100 years back in time. Old tram, old train, a handful of museums, some old crafts on show and on many weekends people dressed in settlers clothes. Interesting and a great place for children.

We returned on a sunny Sunday in September and expected a fun day with our grand child ... however, never seen Ferrymead that sleepy (on a sunny and open Sunday). Hardly any visitors, no kids, the tram only driving on request, Some museums closed for fathers day (Pardon me?), the cinema closed and only one house attended. Ok, this was the highlight, two friendly women in settlers clothes selling chocolate apples. Good stuff, but where was the rest of the crew?

Where did all the buzz go? Where the life animals? And lets face it - without the buzz its mainly dusty old stuff and some rubbish from the nightly light show hanging around.

I realise that Ferrymead is dependent on many volunteers - and Covid was probably not nice to them either. Concerned however that they might kill the place with trying too much with not enough helpers. Open it, if you are resourced and close it (and appropriately communicate) if you are not ... otherwise - its easy to destroy a brand, and you are well on the way to do that.

We have been disappointed - rating should probably be poor, but I still try to be helpful and full of hope.
Written 4 September 2022
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tiger96_nz
Timaru, New Zealand244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Haven't been here for many years, was really quite interesting having a walk around the site, staff were really friendly and helpful.
Only downside was that we came back to find our car had been broken into in the carpark, which is apparently getting quite common here going by the what the staff told us and the warning signs. Just something to be aware of.
Written 13 July 2022
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mogman5139
Christchurch, New Zealand87 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Visited this park today. Such a disappointment. With such a large site offering potentially many visitor attractions i had quite high expectations. Sadly this followed the pattern i have experienced in other attractions in this country.
The simple unexplainable fact is that New Zealand is really poor at hospitality and delivering decent visitor attractions. I can only assume that it is due to poor levels of expectation from the home market.
This site is massive but offers no refreshment facilities at all within the site. The site lacks spark and vitality, it looks in desperate need of attention and smartening up.
Come on you people shake yourselves up and start offering decent attractions worthy of your paying public. I would strongly recommend that the paying public avoid this attraction until they can offer a far better experience.
Written 20 January 2022
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5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
What a great place to spend a couple of hours with your kids. The tram ride was fun and there was plenty to see and do,including feeding the chickens, exploring old houses and shops, a fire station, fun fair, post office etc etc. The staff are really friendly and take great pride in ferrymead. Would thoroughly recommend a visit.
Written 13 September 2021
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Chris B
Nelson, New Zealand8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Visited during school holidays. Weather was a bit cold so it was very quiet! The park is interesting and gives a good idea of a settler town. There were a couple of activities in offer for children. We lost interest fairly fast though. Price was ok and seemed fair.
Written 21 April 2021
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shane p
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Well worth the drive and visit. The people who work there an d those in character of the era were knowledgeable and interactive. Was great to see ride the steam locomotive.
Parking was the biggest issue, but enjoyed the walk to the entry.

Well worth visiting if you are in Christchurch
Written 25 October 2020
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