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Riccarton Bush walk review

Finnian Murray

Riccarton Bush takes you on a time machine back in history allowing you to experience historic buildings and native forest.

The Riccarton Bush Walkway isn't an incredibly long walk, at only one kilometer so it should only take you around 15 minutes to complete. Once parked you walk past Riccarton house which was built in 1956, 1874 and 1900 in 3 different stages and was home to Christchurch’s pioneering family, the Deans family. Then you proceed to Deans cottage which is the oldest building on the Canterbury Plains. These two attractions are not compulsory to see if you just want to complete the Riccarton Bush walk.

If you are in a group of 10 or more then you can book a guided tour of the forest.

This is a great walk for families with younger children as it's not too long in length and doesn't have any hills or uphill gradients. It is also pram friendly with a gravel and wooden elevated walkway. Through the whole walk you follow a track which surround you in native bushes and trees like 600-year-old Kahikatea trees. 

Entertainment: 7/10

Scenery: 8/10

Difficulty: 1/10