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Riccarton House and Bush Pūtaringamotu

Riccarton House and Bush Pūtaringamotu is a unique New Zealand experience. See the mighty 600-year-old Kahikatea trees and take a tour of the historic Victorian house. This is where Christchurch's pioneering story begins.

Step back into history: a visit to Riccarton House and Bush Pūtaringamotu provides a glimpse of days gone by. This heritage site consists of two historic buildings, ancient native forest, and beautiful gardens located just 3.5km from Christchurch city centre.

Guided Tours of Riccarton House

  • Knowledgeable and interesting guides will tell the story of the Deans family, their settlement in early Canterbury, their loves, dramas and tragedies
  • See over 20 rooms with different architectural styles from 1856 to 1900

Eco Tour of Riccarton Bush

  • As Canterbury’s sole remnant of kahikatea floodplain forest, Riccarton Bush has national significance. A tour with our Ranger is a must do

Deans Cottage

  • See the oldest building on the Canterbury Plains. The cottage was lived in before the homestead was built and set up as a display by the museum. It is flanked by the open parkland and the ornate gardens

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