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
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)