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Visit the colonial cottage built by pioneering Scottish brothers, William and John Deans, in 1843: the oldest building on the Canterbury Plains

Quick Facts

        • Location: South Island NZ
        • Distance: 0.30 kms
        • Time needed: 30 Minutes
        • Difficulty: Very Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: Yes
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: Unknown
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
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    Very good board walks

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  • Area & Track History

    Riccarton House is a grand Victorian/Edwardian homestead built in three stages-
    the colonial cottage built by pioneering Scottish brothers, William and John Deans,
    in 1843: the oldest building on the Canterbury Plains
    Built from timber cut in Riccarton Bush and pit sawn into boards, the cottage was the first home shared by the Deans as they strove to establish their farming vision at Riccarton.
    The brothers lived in the cottage until their early and tragic deaths.
    William drowned in the shipwreck of the barque “Maria” when she struck a rock near Cape Terawhiti off the Wellington Heads in July 1851.
    John, who travelled to Scotland in 1852 to marry Jane McIlraith, returned to Riccarton in February 1853 and died in the cottage from tuberculosis in June 1854.
    Jane Deans and her son John continued to live in the cottage until the building of the first stage of Riccarton House was completed and they were able to move to their new home in March 1856.

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  • Map location of Riccarton House

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Riccarton House Walk

To the right of Riccarton House is the old cottage, behind the cottage is the entrance to Riccarton bush.
It looks like the main entrance to a prison, It is what the DOC call a predator Fences. helps to keep out the four legged creatures
Richarton House walk is half gravel the other half is laid in concrete.
Keeping the four legged creatures out has allowed the native tui and bell birds to resettle in Riccarton bush again.
So take advantage of the seats along the walk, sit-down and enjoy their lyrics of the bell birds and Tui’s.

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Riccarton House 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand

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