Guided Tours

  • Catherine's room

Guided Heritage Tours

Experience a tour of the house and hear the history of the pioneering Deans family – their stories of dreams, love and promises… Our tour entwines the Deans family story, from its origins in lowland Scotland, to the triumphs and tragedy in New Zealand, with a guided experience of over 20 rooms throughout Riccarton House. Rooms as diverse as the Victorian dining room, nursery, coal cellar, Edwardian bedrooms and Jane Deans 1856 bedroom are visited. All are fully restored and decorated and furnished in period style. Many original family items, ranging from china, furniture, brogue shoes and a violin are on display. Our tour offers something for everyone and we confidently guarantee that you will enjoy the experience. Interested? Contact us for further information. (Online bookings only)

Education Programmes for Schools

We offer education programmes for schools as part of the “Learning Experience Outside the Classroom” approved by the Ministry of Education. The programmes are a joint venture with the Canterbury Museum, Education Unit, who acts as the coordinator and booking agent. A teachers’ resource kit is available. Tours of both the Bush and the House are available. For enquiries and bookings please contact the Canterbury Museum on 03 3665 000 and ask for Education. School Tours can also be booked directly through Riccarton House. Please contact us for further information and bookings.