FERRYMEAD HERITAGE PARK                          We are open under the Traffic Light system in Green, Orange and Red settings: 

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 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

Ferrymead Alive (Sunday)

03 Jul 2022 | 10:40 AM - 3:20 PM

This Sunday the beautiful Peveril Steam Locomotive will be out and about at Ferrymead Heritage Park. 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. On this day, we are also privileged to have on display a selection of MG vintage cars at Ferrymead, from 12noon until 2pm. Come along and have a look at these lovely old cars.

School Holiday's Great Hays Trail

09 - 24 Jul 2022 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

"Once upon a time in the city of Christchurch there was a rooftop like no other. Full of amusement rides, animals and of course Aunt Haysl!" We challenge you to follow the trail to find and solve the clues from Aunt Haysl that unlock the lost pieces from the days of Hay's rooftop. Collect your trail guide from the admissions office, normal admission prices apply.

School Holiday - Sunday Train

10 Jul 2022 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

It's the school holidays and on this Sunday the Railcar will be operating to take you and your family on a ride in Ferrymead. The tram will also be running, so make your way to Ferrymead Heritage Park to experience a fun time at this historic park, there is so much to see.

KidsFest - Keen Beans for Kiwiana

11 - 15 Jul 2022 | 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Aotearoa.....'The Land Of The Long White Cloud", the place we call home. Where Christmas is celebrated in Summer and we are always the first to greet the sun. We created pavlovas (Then the Aussies tried to claim them) and watched Footrot Flats on the Tele. We played with 'Buzzy Bees' and had Hokey Pokey for tea. Its a great life we live in NZ and we want to share it with you these school holidays. Adventure off around Ferrymead this Kidsfest as we explore 'Kiwiana'. With maps in-hand children will set off in search of inventions, Kiwi icons and hands on activities that are sure to delight! Kiwiana certainly wouldn't be the same without biscuit baking so make sure you set time aside to make and then of course eat your very own biscuit! Trams running daily so bring a picnic and make a day of it at Ferrymead Heritage Park this Kidsfest.

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
- 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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