& other free family fun

Riccarton Bush

Photo of a tall Kahikatea tree which is part of an ancient podocarp forest

Tall Kahikatea trees – part of an ancient podocarp forest

Riccarton Bush, nestled in the central suburb of Fendalton, is a not-so-secret gem well worth exploring.

Stroll among 600 year old Kahikatea trees, feed the ducks, and have a play or picnic in the beautiful grounds of Riccarton House.

We did this walk in April 2015 (autumn). 

Things to do

  • Check out Deans Cottage, a colonial dwelling built in 1843 – it’s the oldest building on the Canterbury Plains.
  • Do the Kahikatea Loop Track and marvel at the ancient kahikatea, totara, matai and hinau in this podocarp forest.
  • Explore the surrounds of Riccarton House: there are lots of luscious green areas for picnics and play; some of the older trees around the house are numbered – make a game out of finding the numbers; in autumn, have a good run through the leaves; check out the raised garden beds behind Riccarton House.
  • Take a tour of Riccarton House or visit the restaurant.
  • There’s a popular Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.


  • The tracks are easy to navigate – your main option is the Kahikatea Loop, which was less than 1 km and took us about half an hour (with a stop or two).
  • The paths are perfect for buggies, strollers, and little legs.
  • There are lots of rest stops and information boards along the way.


Riccarton Bush is located at 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton. It has a good sized off-street car park.

Our visit in pictures

 More info

Riccarton House and Bush (Riccarton House and Bush, Deans Cottage, Restaurant/Venue, Contacts)

Riccarton Bush – Christchurch City Libraries (good historical information)

Christchurch Farmers’ Market Riccarton House (traders, market info, recipes)

2 thoughts on “Riccarton Bush

  1. Hi V
    Will check out some of these place when next in Chch at Xmas. Great work!

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  2. Hi Rachael – perhaps I can double the content by Christmas!


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