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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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Christchurch history - your own wonderland to visit

Riccarton house is multi functional - there's a super bush walk out the back (20 minute round walk through native bushes etc), a market on the weekends, huge grounds just for a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Riccarton house is multi functional - there's a super bush walk out the back (20 minute round walk through native bushes etc), a market on the weekends, huge grounds just for a quiet walk, or summer picnic, and Riccarton House itself which is now a function centre - plenty of space inside and out & fantastic for large group functions... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the famous Riccarton Bush by bike and walked through this small section of woodland which is conserved as an example of how the forest must have looked when the first European settlers arrived in 1841. Well worth a visit and taking 10 minutes to walk among these ancient trees.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

some beautiful things to see here its quiet and lovely walks good food, plenty of events on throughout the year also

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice bush for a quick 15 min walk. It is a pity that the cafe isn't open all that much. The food is kind of average too. But a nice place none the less.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love going to the Riccarton Bush and I often go for a walk here. You forget that you're in the middle of the Christchurch city once you walk into the bush. It's beautiful and so peaceful. It's a refreshing short walk and good for little children too. I've seen fantails flying about.

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Thank Max845
North Shore City, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saturday morning at the Farmers Market was a great way to start the day. With plenty of options for food, fruit and veges! A lovely relaxing stroll around the markets, then a walk through the bush. Worth the visit on a Saturday morning.

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is one of the early homes built in Christchurch, and it was added to as the city changed and the owners became more prosperous. It is a beautiful house as well as being very educational.

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Thank NCswampmama
Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The House and its big lawn with huge non-native trees is worth a visit. The small but wonderful native forest, the Bush, is one of the most wonderful places in Christchurch. To enter, one passes through a double set of wire-mesh doors in the tall mesh fence that keeps predators out, and the birds within, safe. I think the fence... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

I love love love this place regardless of the weather. The intoxicating scent of the natural bush is concentrated here. I go here frequently with a book or my dog to just BREATHE. The grounds are beautiful with plenty of park benches to enjoy the perspectives. There are formal and natural gardens, ducks, and a river. The house itself is... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

When in Christchurch, be sure to visit the Saturday Farmers' Market at Riccarton Bush - freshest fruit and vegetables, finest cheese and smallgoods and excellent coffee. The stallholders are friendly and enthusiasitc about their produce and products, the setting is charming next to bush and stream, altogether an excellent outing

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