Riccarton Bush Trust (Cafe)

General Information

16 Kahu Road, Fendalton, Christchurch 8041

03 341 1018

Overview

Riccarton House comprises 7 hectares of native bush, 6 hectares of English style garden and 2 residential buildings. Deans cottage, built in 1843, is the oldest residential building in Canterbury.

There are two bush walks. The Nature's Treasure Trail is wheelchair friendly and is approx. 460m long and takes 15mins return. The Kahikatea Track is 900m long and has gravel paths and boardwalks so would only be suitable for wheelchair users used to moderately challenging bush walks.

Riccarton House is now used for guided tours, functions and a day time cafe. The Grounds are also home to the Christchurch Farmers Market each Saturday morning.

Riccarton House Grounds and Riccarton Bush opening hours:
(Winter)
Monday to Sunday 6:00am to 6:30pm
(Summer)
Monday to Sunday 6:00am to 8:30pm

"The Quarters at Riccarton House" is the onsite cafe (https://www.thequarters.co.nz/).
Opening hours are:
(Winter)
Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 3:00 pm
Sunday 9.00am to 4.00pm
(Summer)
Monday to Sunday 9:00am to 4:00 pm

Notes for card holders

The cafe at Riccarton House is pleased to offer the card holder 10% off their hot drink. If the card holder has a "+1" icon a hot drink for the essential companion/carer will also receive 10% off their hot drink.

When taking a Guided Tour of Riccarton House an essential companion/carer, as shown by the "+1" icon on the card will go free. Please note that the essential companion/carer is expected to assisted the card holder and remain with them during the tour.

Standing and Queuing
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There is no need to queue at the cafe as our wait staff are roving so they will come and serve you at your table.

There is seating at the entrance to the House and also seating throughout the grounds.

Wheelchair Access
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There is wheelchair access to the cafe and we have an accessible toilet that is open when the cafe is open. If you are unsure about navigating your way between tables in the cafe our staff will be happy to assist you.

Access to the house is via the shared cycleway and across the driveway and up the ramp.

There are two bush walks. The Nature's Treasure Trail is wheelchair friendly and is approx. 460m long and takes 15mins return. The Kahikatea Track is 900m long and has gravel paths and boardwalks so would only be suitable for wheelchair users used to moderately challenging bush walks.

If a customer in a wheelchair wants a tour of the house a virtual tour of upstairs can be arranged providing we have xx hrs/days notice.

Short Distances
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There are no great distances to be covered within the house or the bush walks (900m max) and there is seating in the house and throughout the grounds.

We have an designated accessible car park in the parking area and access to the house is via the shared cycleway and across the driveway and up the ramp, a distance of about 60m.

Access To Toilets
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We don't usually have queues at our toilets, but if there is let the staff know and they will help you get access next.

We have gendered and nongendered toilets both inside and out. The inside toilets are well signposted and to the left of the stairs. The inside toilets are wheelchair accessible. The outside toilets are not wheelchair accessible but only have one low step to enter. The outside toilets are on the right hand side of the House.

Assistance Dogs
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Registered assistance dogs are welcome and please let us know if they need a drinking bowl.

Essential Companions
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If booking a Guided Tour of the house an essential companion/carer will not be charged providing the cardholder does not have free entry. It is expected that they will assist you and remain with you throughout the tour.

Accessing Visual Information
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The cafe has a written menu which the wait staff are happy to talk through with you. We can also assist you to make payment if you request it - the cafe has Paywave.

We will explain to you where the toilets are and what to do in the case of emergency.

If booking a tour please let us know about this icon and we will ask the tour guide to provide a more detailed verbal commentary.

Accessing Audible Information
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The cafe has a written menu and there is signage in the House and Bush Walks.

To assist in communications we can offer you pen and paper, but the staff where possible will face you directly in order to aid lip reading and will enunciate their words.

The staff will be happy to repeat themselves and will be patient so please don't feel under pressure.

If booking a tour please let us know about this icon and we will inform the tour guide so that they can make greater use of physical gestures and face you where possible when speaking. (Tour written info?)

Hidden Disabilities
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When seeing this icon our staff will ask you how we can help. Where possible we will look to make accommodations such that you enjoy a great time with us.

 
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