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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 is 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 the weekends and are not included in general admission.  Tickets can be purchased from reception.
  •  Ferrymead Alive runs on the first Sunday of every month.  Tickets are not included in general 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. $5 Entry per adult.  Children under 15 free.  Tram and Trains ride additional. 




Upcoming events

Ferrymead Night Market: $5 adults/children under 15 free. Dogs Welcome

02 Mar 2024 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bring the family and your dog along to the Ferrymead Night Market, sample in some delicious dinner from our large array of food vendors, shop for that something special from our craft stall vendors, visit the many societies that are open, ride the tram and train (rides additional), enjoy entertainment, a cider or coffee and relax in a family friendly atmosphere.

Teddy Bear Picnic

03 Mar 2024 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pack honey sandwiches and a picnic blanket, put on Teddy's best outfit and bring them along to our Teddy Bear Picnic. Our trains & trams will be running so Ted can explore the park like they did in the early 1900's & of course our wonderful society members and volunteers will be here to show Ted around the park and show off everything we have to offer. Tickets on Eventfinda or door sales.

Ferrymead Alive (Formerly Steam Sunday)

03 Mar 2024 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Train subject to availability via: www.canterburyrailwaysociety.co.nz. Bring your family and friends to enjoy train rides and tram rides, explore our historic park, with its traditional theatre, cottages, historic tractors, model railway and fire engines and wonderful societies and exhibits. Tram tickets from the admissions office. Train tickets from Moorhouse station inside the park for unlimited rides. All aboard!

The Great NZ Easter Egg Hunt - Easter Weekend

31 Mar 2024 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Bring your children and join in the fun at our annual Easter event, with entertainment, live music, bouncy castles, face painting and of course, the Great NZ Easter Egg Hunt with chocolate treats and eggs awarded at the end. Includes limitless Tram rides. **Train rides an additional cost**. Tickets at Eventfinda. Limited door sales.

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

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