Guided Heritage Tour

Guided Heritage Tours (Winter hours)

Sunday to Friday: 11.00am – 12.00pm 


Please note:

  • BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL:  Our Guides are rostered on an on-call basis (until 9.00am each day) and we often cannot accomodate last minute booking requests. 
  • Online bookings for 11.00am tours close off at 12.00am everyday. 
  • Our tours are 60 minutes in duration. Please allow up to 90 minutes (dependent on larger group sizes or group mobility). Please inform your Guide beforehand of your timing needs.
  • To keep our Guides and guests safe, if you are feeling sick or unwell please stay home.  We look forward to welcoming you back soon.




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.

Please note: If you are feeling unwell, have cold/flu symptoms please do not enter and stay home if you’re sick.  We look forward to welcoming you back soon. 

Interested? Contact us for further information. (Online bookings)

Education Programmes for Schools – Led by Canterbury Museum

Riccarton Bush

This programme enables students to examine our unique native flora and fauna while exploring a truly remarkable part of our city. Students will also look at the forest ecosystem, the human impact on this environment and the construction of the predator fence.

Availability: Term one and Term Four

Curriculum Links: Planet Earth and Beyond, Living World, Participating and Contributing, Investigating in Science, Communicating in Science

Suitable for Year: 1 – 10

Length: 1.5 hours

Associated Cost: $2.00 per person to Riccarton Bush Trust

Riccarton House

Investigate the social history of early European settlement in Christchurch through the eyes of the pioneering Deans family.

Students will explore Deans’ Cottage and Riccarton House and discover the joys and tragedy faced by Jane, John and William Deans as they began a new life in what was to become Christchurch.

Availability: All year

Curriculum Links: Social Sciences

Suitable for Year: 1 – 10

Length: 1.5 hours

Associated Cost: $2.00 per person to Riccarton Bush Trust

A teachers’ resource kit is available.

For enquiries and bookings please contact the Canterbury Museum.

School Visits and Tours can also be booked directly through us. Please contact us for further information and bookings.

Download the Risk Analysis Management (RAM) for School Group