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“Fabulous tree-lined park with dining at historic house”

Riccarton House & Bush
Ranked #16 of 250 things to do in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 6, 2013

The house-restaurant is now under renovation and repair (due complete in December 2013). Along with Mona Vale, one of the delights of verdant Christchurch. It has always had a nice standard for lunch and coffee, and a really wonderful setting. There's a big park, a babbling brook, and ducks. You can sit on tables out in the sun, or eat more elegantly inside.

Thank lis-lis
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"farmers market"
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"guided tour of the house"
in 7 reviews
"old homestead"
in 6 reviews
"saturday morning market"
in 4 reviews
"family history"
in 3 reviews
"small cottage"
in 3 reviews
"westfield mall"
in 3 reviews
"native trees"
in 5 reviews
"european settlers"
in 4 reviews
"early settlers"
in 7 reviews
"watch the ducks"
in 3 reviews
"nice coffee"
in 4 reviews
"early christchurch"
in 3 reviews
"food stalls"
in 4 reviews
"earthquake damage"
in 7 reviews
"nice walk"
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"christchurch area"
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Riccarton house is closed due to earthquake damage, but visitors can explore the gardens as well as the preserved bush. Well worth a quick visit.

Thank Uwe H
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We set off to visit Riccarton House and Bush in pursuit of the advertised farmers market. This is not an easy place to find as there seemed to be very little signage as to its whereabouts however, persistence (and the directions from a postie) paid off and we were delighted with both the farmers market and the place itself. The market had a variety of stalls selling a range of produce from bread, through cheese, fruit and veg, salmon, samosas and lovely cakes. After browsing through them, we spotted a sign for the bush and then spent an hour walking through the well paved trail. The area is a secure, well managed natural forest. Plants and trees are labelled to add interest and the sitting area in the heart of the bush was a particular joy - shafts of sunlight filtering through the trees into an impossibly quiet area with seats on which to enjoy it.

Thank suemissb
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

While at Riccarton House we had athree course meal of all that was unhealthy(magic).The gentleman and woman who gave us a potted history were well versed in the estate and were very pleasant.They have an area that is home to some pairs of Kiwi bird and the estate is also apublic park.

Thank eric g
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Saturday market at Riccarton House & Bush is delightful! There is also a Kiwi bird habitat one can walk though, as well as tons of sports fields adjascent.

Thank Kristen F
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