Riccarton House and Riccarton Bush are key elements in the European history of Canterbury and attract a large contingent of domestic and international tourists. Damaged by the earthquakes, Riccarton House has undergone an extensive and well managed programme of strengthening, repair and restoration to ensure that it remains a significant tangible reminder of our past for the future and open to local, national and international visitors.
Heritage Tourism Award:
Valuing our Heritage
Thousands of visitors from around the world and New Zealand, as well as locals, have visited Shop 7 over the nearly two years it was open in central Christchurch. A sample page from the visitors’ book records messages from visitors from England, Australia, Germany and Holland. People were heartened by the restoration stories, but the great majority were deeply saddened by the loss of heritage in the city. The legacy of Shop 7 is a better informed public locally, nationally and internationally about the crisis faced by heritage destruction post the earthquakes.