Christchurch Local Information

Riccarton House Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest South Island city and is called the Garden City. Set against the backdrop of the Port Hills and the stunning snow-capped Southern Alps, Christchurch is the hub of the South Island.

Christchurch has much to enjoy. Many of the pre-earthquake attractions have re-opened. To mention a few:

  • Historic Antigua Boat Sheds for Punting on the Avon
  • Willow Bank Wild Life Heritage Park
  • The International Antarctic Centre
  • Ferry Mead Historic Village and the Airforce Museum of New Zealand
  • Christchurch Casino and the Sunday Riccarton Market

The Canterbury Museum, the Christchurch Art Gallery and the Victorian tramway are re-opening soon.

The city centre is well worth a visit. Many of the established shops and restaurants are still there, and new businesses built from shipping containers add architectural interest and vibrancy.

Anselm House's convenient location means you can walk into the city centre. Visit Mona Vale, then cross over Hagley Park and walk through the Botanical Gardens.

Locally, from Anselm House, you can cross over the brick bridge and visit historic Riccarton House and Bush. Anselm House is just two minutes walk from the ancient native forest of Riccarton Bush - Canterbury's sole remnant of kahikatea floodplain forest - and the restored nineteenth century Deans Cottage.

Riccarton House is now used as a cafe and restaurant with a Saturday Farmers' Market and a Sunday Artisans Market. Tours of the house are available. Behind is the forest, which has been pest-fenced in order to encourage the preservation of native species. Currently it is a delightful spot to see and hear some of New Zealand's native birds, for example, Kereru (native wood pigeon), Piwakawaka (fantail), Tauhou (wax eye), Tui and Kiwi.

With urban sprawl, Riccarton has become a thriving suburb. Shops and a mall have developed along Riccarton Road, one of the most rapidly developing business areas in Christchurch. Anything you might need is right on hand.

You can use Christchurch’s excellent bus service to visit all of the attractions around the city. There are also many day tours available. To see what activities are on in Christchurch visit the Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism website or Lonely Planet’s new Christchurch chapter.

Antigua Boatsheds
Re:Start Container Mall