FERRYMEAD HERITAGE PARK                       

We are open every day from 10.00am to 4.30pm 

 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 will run on weekends and are not included in the admission. Tickets can be purchased from reception.

Ferrymead Alive (formally known as Steam Sunday) runs on the first Sunday of every month, tickets are not included in the admission and can be purchased from Moorhouse Station inside the park.





Upcoming events

Spring Night Market

01 Oct 2022 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Spring Night Market $2 entry per person. After our winter hibernation, the Night Market is back! The Steam Locomotive will be out in all its glory. As will be our beautiful tram. Chin Chiller craft beer & cider, food vendors, stall holders, live music, theatre, face painting, home baking. Cash required for trams, trains, theatre and some stalls & face painting.

Ferrymead Alive (Sunday)

02 Oct 2022 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Diesel Locomotive will be out on this Sunday. Bring your family and friends to enjoy train rides and tram rides - purchase your train ticket from the Moorhouse Railway Station inside the park and tram tickets from the admissions office. Ticket price includes unlimited rides.


23 Oct 2022 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

It's Extravaganza time for one day only at Ferrymead Heritage Park during Labour Weekend. Enjoy unlimited rides on the Steam Train and Trams, explore the Park and its many activities and exhibits, from fire engines, aeroplanes, tractors and model railroad, to experiencing telecommunication through the ages. Visit the Blacksmith, Print Shop, School House, Jail, Theatre, Playground and early century cottages. Face Painting, Ponies and Petting Zoo, Heritage Tours, Food and more. One stop Admission price includes all attractions except food and beverages. Adults (16+) $16; Child (6-15) $10; Under 5's Free; Family Pass (2A, 3C) $52. Tickets available online via Eventfinda (booking fees may apply) and at the door.

Event Calendar

Tram running days

Steam Train running days

Other Trains running

Click date for list of events

School Holidays

Visit our Events page for more information

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
- Coronation Park
- Heritage Rose Garden
- Wedding Tram/ Birthday Tram
- Photo shoots

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Admission Prices

VALID ALL DAYS EXCEPT EVENT DAYS (special prices apply).

Adults - $13.50, Seniors/Students - $11.00, Child - $8.50, Under 5's -Free
Family Pass (2 Adults & 3 Children) - $36.50

Community Service Card Holders:
Adults - $11.00, Seniors/Students - $9.00, Child - $7.00, Under 5's -Free
Family Pass (2 Adults & 3 Children) - $29.00

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

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