Riccarton is a bustling city suburb located on the western side of Christchurch. Well known for its great selection of eateries, this busy thoroughfare is not only a great place to dine, but makes an excellent base from which to explore the famous Canterbury Region of New Zealand’s South Island. Let’s take a closer look at some of the premier attractions in and around Riccarton. Book your stay with one our accommodation options in Riccarton.
Cafés and Restaurants
Riccarton is known as one of the Canterbury Region’s premier café and restaurant precincts. Enjoy a mouth-watering all-day breakfast at Joe’s Garage in Upper Riccarton. Or join the queue at Drexel’s American style breakfast café – it’s a hit with locals and visitors alike. Local. Restaurant at Riccarton House offers wholesome rustic food in a beautiful garden that is not to be missed. Open on Saturdays for lunch and afternoon tea, Local. Restaurant is well worth a visit for great food, wine and hospitality in a beautiful bush setting.
Nature and History
The ancient forests of Riccarton can be accessed from the grounds of local icon Riccarton House. The forests are home to native Kahikatea trees and are a main feature of the Riccarton Bush experience. The bushland and Dean’s Homestead, which was home to one of Riccarton’s most famous pioneering families are steeped in local history. Bushland guided walks and eco tours are available.
New Zealand Horse Racing
Riccarton Park Racecourse is at the forefront of New Zealand Racing. This premier club hosts many of the Canterbury region’s most prestigious horse racing events, including the New Zealand Cup Carnival, Grand National Racing Carnival and the Autumn Racing Season. The fashions on the field are a major attraction that complements the exhilarating experience of racing at the famed Canterbury Jockey Club.
Conveniently located in the heart of New Zealand’s famous Canterbury Region and with affordable Riccarton accommodation on hand, the thriving Christchurch precinct of Riccarton is a great choice for your next South Island adventure.
Need a place to stay?
Stay at centrally located Quality Suites Amore just minutes from Christchurch city centre. Local attractions include the Riccarton Bush and the University of Canterbury.