Fodor's Expert Review Riccarton House and Bush

Christchurch Historic Home Fodor's Choice

The Deans, a Scottish family, beat even the Canterbury Association settlers to this region. Riccarton Bush, their home, is now run by a trust. You can view the small wooden cottage (built 1843) that was their first house. The larger Victorian/Edwardian wooden house, built between 1856 and 1900, now houses a daytime bistro called Local. Guided heritage tours are available; check the website for details. You can also amble through the last remnant of the original native floodplain forest still standing in Christchurch, with its 600-year-old kahikatea trees. The Christchurch Farmers' Market is held in the grounds of Riccarton House each Saturday morning from 9 to 1. And the Artisans' Market is held there each Sunday from 11 to 3.

Historic Home Market/Bazaar Fodor's Choice

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16 Kahu Rd.
Christchurch, Canterbury  8041, New Zealand


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