Ferrymead Heritage Park is one of Christchurch’s most popular family attractions, it features an early 1900s (Edwardian) township, with exhibits such as picture theatre, school house, church, bakery, jail, railway station and much much more. There is also a large array of heritage museums and displays that are often open for viewing, particularly on Sundays. No trip to Ferrymead Heritage Park is complete without a ride on the tram, so come join us for a fun filled day taking a ride on our Trams, bring along the children, grandparents and who ever else wants to come.
Perhaps best known for the establishment of the Ferrymead Tramway, Ferrymead Heritage Park is a site committed to embracing and celebrating the past and was originally developed in the 1960s by a group of heritage enthusiasts who wanted to create a place that celebrated and evoked the past for future generations to enjoy.
As well as a reconstruction of an Edwardian town consisting of houses, schools and a theatre, visitors have the opportunity to ride in a steam train and use an old-fashioned printing press. Restored heritage steam, horse and electric trams recovered from throughout the South Island can be seen operating and the society also has a small fleet of heritage omnibuses. See our impressive collection of vintage fire vehicles and equipment and learn how fire-fighting technology has changed over time, see a working blacksmith and find out about their importance to transport of the past.
The Society’s helicopter section boasts one of the largest collections of helicopters in New Zealand, with 7 complete or near-complete aircraft including one of only a handful of Fairchild-Hiller FH1100 helicopters imported into NZ.The helicopter section aims to highlight the history of the helicopter as a workhorse in New Zealand since the Second World War, in agricultural, forestry, search and rescue & deer recovery roles.
We also provide an authentic, hands on heritage experience for Primary, Intermediate and Secondary students as well as programmes for Early Childhood Education and ESOL students.