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Riccarton House & Bush

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Address: 16 Kahu Rd, Fendalton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-341 1018
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Riccarton House & Bush is a unique New Zealand heritage site consisting...

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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Amazing glimpse of real native bush in the city centre

This is a beautiful asset for Christchurch. It is well maintained and attractive. Peace descends upon you the moment you enter it through the double pest proof gate system. An... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
nzwalkers2015
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Dunedin, New Zealand

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful asset for Christchurch. It is well maintained and attractive. Peace descends upon you the moment you enter it through the double pest proof gate system. An easy walk around the track done in about half an hour.

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Thank nzwalkers2015
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This historic house and native bush gardens is a pleasant trip into Old Christchurch. Nice restaurant and cafe, popular for SundY brunch. Lovely,gardens and peaceful bush walk with labeled trees and native birds.

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Thank Lee G
Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went by one Sat to visit the farmers market held every Sat in the gardens. Would have loved to see the house but at the time it was being repaired. These have now finished and the building is back to its former self. Nice walk around the gardens though.

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Thank WestC6
Lingfield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small but beautiful park. Interesting old and unusual trees and protected area of original bush. Tour of the house 2pm each day well worth it. Very informative about early days settlement.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A walk around Riccarton bush is beautifully quiet and although its near the busiest street in the city, you feel like you're in the middle of the forest.

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Thank tdunbar2016
Brisbane
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465 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A local told us about Riccarton House and Bush. It provided a nice walk post lunch. Such a little haven of tranquillity in the midst of suburbia.

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NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The "bush" is a preserved wildlife area of how this area of NZ was before it was populated. Well worth seeing for nature lovers.

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Thank krakor
Canterbury Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The bad news is ... hardly anything of the lowland forests originally covering the South Island left. The good news (for people in Christchurch): Riccarton bush is a significant part of the left-overs. We just love this island of tranquility only one block away from Riccarton mall. Enter it and you are in a totally different world with huge Kahikatea... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Went with a guide thru the beautiful preserved forest, an absolute credit to the city. Watch your footing as there are some areas the concrete path is undulating due to erosion/roots. House is well maintained tho for me the forest is the drawcard.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Went there around mid morning for an early lunch, and the girl who was working at the front seemed a bit confused and Informed us that the chef did not have the equipment set up so would not be able to give us any hot food. There was a very limited cabinet options (only 1 or 2 sweet dishes). Would... More 

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