Ferrymead Heritage Park

Ferrymead owes its importance in history to the hills dividing Christchurch from the port of Lyttelton.  Pioneers transported their goods over the steep Bridle Path from Lyttelton to Heathcote, where punts were used to cross the river into early Christchurch. Later traffic came by sea up the estuary. In 1863, the first railway in New Zealand was opened, running from Ferrymead into central Christchurch. This railway line was the inspiration for Ferrymead Heritage Park and the restored railway line follows part of the route today. 

Ferrymead Park features an early 1900s (Edwardian) township and the park has a variety of restored cottages plus a school house, church and businesses which reflect the period and allow visitors to experience life for the early residents of Christchurch including the smell of a coal range and the sounds of a tram rattling past the door. 

There are a large array of heritage exhibitions and displays that are open for viewing, particularly on Sundays. These displays are owned and operated by individual societies and manned by their volunteers. They have restored and displayed their collections for you to enjoy and these include tractors, fire engines, aeroplanes, trams, trains, cars, printing, post and telegraph, model railway, photography and much much more. If you are interested in a particular society's display, please contact the society in advance of your visit, to ensure that volunteers will be on site. 

Trams run on weekends and throughout the School Holidays.

Tram rides are not included in the admission price but can still be purchased at a small fee.

Steam trains run on the second Sunday of the month and you can enjoy unlimited rides along the route as part of your entry fee. 


Upcoming events

Ferrymead's Trick or Treat

31 Oct 2018 | 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Ferrymead Heritage Park in conjunction with Plunket brings you our first ever

November Night Market

03 Nov 2018 | 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Our monthly Night Market held on the first Saturday of each month.

Uproar Music Festival

10 Nov 2018 | 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Ferrymead Heritage Park is proud to host the latest event to come out of Christchurch’s thriving music scene – Uproar Music Festival.

Event Calendar

Tram running days

Steam Train running days

Other Trains running

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School Holidays

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Weddings and Venue Hire

Ferrymead Heritage Park has several facilities that can be hired for functions including weddings and parties. These include the following:
- Heritage Church (Chapel)
- Friendly Societies Lodge Hall
- Heritage Railway Station
- Wedding Tram
- Heritage Rose Garden

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Admission Prices

All Days except train and event days
Open 7 Days a week, 10am to 4.30pm
-Adults - $12.50, Seniors/Students - $10, Child - $7.50,
-Under 5's -Free
-Family Pass (2 Adults & 3 Children) - $32.50

Community Service Card Holder
-Adults - $10, Seniors/Students - $8, Child - $6,
-Under 5's -Free
-Family Pass (2 Adults & 3 Children) - $26

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Education

Curriculum based learning experiences for Primary, Intermediate and Secondary students.

Our Primary and Secondary Education Programmes are funded by the Ministry of Education LEOTC Funding.

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