Riccarton House

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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 about this walk

  • 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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Points of interest along the walk​

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 fence, helps to keep out the four legged creatures.

Riccarton House walk is half gravel the other half is laid in concrete. Keeping the four legged creatures out has allowed the native tui and bellbirds to resettle in the Riccarton bush again.
So take advantage of the seats along the walk, sit-down and enjoy their lyrics of the bellbirds and tuis.

What sort of walking and hiking gear will you need

We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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