FERRYMEAD HERITAGE PARK               

We are open every day from 10.00am to 4.30pm 

Please see event calendar below. 

During this holiday season (21 December until 31 January) the tram will be running every day.

The EMU Train will be operating on 22 Jan.

 

 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.

Ferrymead Night Market runs first Saturday of every month excluding Jan and winter months.  Gold coin donation entry.  Trams, trains extra.

 

 

 

 


Upcoming events

School Holiday Drop-In Activities

30 Jan - 03 Feb 2023 | 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Drop-In Activities on Weekdays, 10.30am to 3pm. These School holidays we will be exploring all things Toys and Games, including the following plus much more: 1950s area - Wendy House, Elastics, Four Square; Board Game area - board games from the past to play; Outdoor Challenge - a number of outdoor activities to explore; 1900s Area - Heritage Games; Making Area - an opportunity to make a toy from the past; Display of Children's hobbies from the past; The Tram will be running every day (tram tickets sold separately)

Night Market - Waitangi Weekend

04 Feb 2023 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

February Summer Night Market $2 entry per person. Tram & steam trains, international food vendors, craft beer & cider, craft stall holders, live music, a barber onsite, face painting and heritage games. Cash required for trams, steam train, barber, some stalls and face painting. Look forward to seeing you!

Ferrymead Alive (Sunday)

05 Feb 2023 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The RM51 train 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.

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 - $15.00, Seniors/Students - $12.50, Child (5-15yrs) - $10.00, Under 5's (1-4yrs) -Free
Family Pass (2 Adults & 3 Children) - $39.50

Community Service Card Holders:
Adults - $12.50, Seniors/Students - $10.50, Child (5-15yrs) - $8.50, Under 5's (1-4yrs) -Free
Family Pass (2 Adults & 3 Children) - $33.50

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Education

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

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