On Saturday 4th December the park will be closing at 2pm and re-open at 4pm for the Christmas Night Market 

                  We are open under alert level 2 and Green, Orange and Red Traffic Light settings:  10.00am to 4.30pm                                   Please use a face mask, apply 1m social distancing, use QR scanning and Vaccination Passports when attending the Park.  (Visit our Covid-19 tab above for more information regarding our operating guidelines).



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 and 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.





Upcoming events

Christmas Night Market

04 Dec 2021 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

EVENT OPEN TO VACCINE PASSPORT HOLDERS ONLY: December Christmas Night Market $2 entry per person. Tram & trains, international food vendors, craft beer & cider, live music & theatre, Christmas craft stalls, face painting. Cash required for trams, trains, craft stalls & face painting.

Ferrymead Alive (formerly known as Steam Sunday)

05 Dec 2021 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

EVENT OPEN TO VACCINE PASSPORT HOLDERS ONLY: Our amazing Steam Locomotive will be out on this Sunday. Bring your family and friends to enjoy train rides and tram rides - purchase your ticket from the train station. Ticket price includes unlimited rides.

Toddler Thursday

09 Dec 2021 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

EVENT OPEN TO VACCINE PASSPORT HOLDERS ONLY: A day out especially for Toddlers. Train and tram rides, bouncy castles, pony rides, puppet show, food vendors and much more. All included in a one off admission fee. Adults $15, Children (1 - 15yrs) $5.00, Under 1's Free

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
- Wedding Tram
- Heritage Rose Garden

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Admission Prices

All Days except event days

Open 7 Days a week, 10am to 4.30pm

Adults - $12.50, Seniors/Students - $10.00, Child - $7.50,
Under 5's -Free
Family Pass (2 Adults & 3 Children) - $32.50

Community Service Card Holder
Adults - $10.00, Seniors/Students - $8.00, Child - $6.00,
Under 5's -Free
Family Pass (2 Adults & 3 Children) - $25.00

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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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