Rotherham & Riccarton

On 12 April 1840, the ship "Sarah and Elizabeth lands Herriot, McGillivray, Ellis, Shaw (and wife) and McKinnon (with his wife and child) who establish a farm at Riccarton. They are the first European settlers on the plains. In January 1841, they abandon their attempt to farm in the area. Riccarton House was the homestead commissioned by Jane Deans in circa 1855. The Deans brothers, who along with the Gebbies and the Mansons were the second group of Europeans to settle in Christchurch on the same site as the first group in 1843. A replica of their original cob cottage is on the grounds. Riccarton House is now a restaurant and function centre, and conducts regular tours. The Deans brothers, John and William, named the suburb after the parish in Ayrshire, Scotland, in which they were born. They were also responsible for naming the River Avon after the river of the same name in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Shopping and food

Within 5 minutes walking: Westfield Riccarton is the local mall and a great place to satisfy your hunger or shopping requirements, for a full list of stores, please follow , otherwise, we list our favourite foods around Westfield are:

The Fox & Ferret

Great for a beer and a well-prepared English style pub meal.


Perfect for a hearty, American breakfast and a coffee.

La Porchetta

Great for some well priced Italian dishes and pizza.


Looking for the best Chinese in Christchurch? You've found it.
Supermarkets/Grocery Stores

  • Pak n Save is a supermarket that is home to the lowest prices and a large range of grocery food items, this is located at the head of Riccarton Mall.

  • Countdown is around 10 mins drive down Riccarton Road and is slightly more expensive with a larger range of items.

  • New World, which is the most expensive out of the three but, boasts the largest selection of items.

Convenient Shops at Westfield Riccarton:

  • Briscoe's, for all your homeware needs such as Bed, Bath and Kitchenware.

  • KMART, open until midnight daily and a great cheap supplier of essentially anything from socks to home decorations
  • Farmers for another wide range of all general need everyday items.


If you are looking for a large range of scrumptious local beer, around 10 mins walk down Riccarton Road is the 'Volstead Trading Company', Check out this link for more info.

For a Special Night out in Christchurch
If you're looking for a more up market meal, around 15 mins drive into town, we recommend:
Fiddle Sticks -
Please make sure to book in advance to secure a table.


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