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Extravaganza at Ferrymead

On Sunday 23 October, as part of the Christchurch City Council’s Heritage Festival, Ferrymead Heritage Park is pulling out all the stops to bring history alive for families. 

The annual Extravaganza at Ferrymead has fascinating attractions for all: the Edwardian township to explore, steam train and trams to ride, plus a petting zoo, pony rides and more to amuse the youngsters. 

As the site of New Zealand’s first ever railway line, which opened in 1863, Ferrymead is one of the leading players in this year’s Heritage Festival. The Park was inspired by this railway line, and nowadays the restored track follows part of the original route. At the Extravaganza, be sure to take a ride on the steam train and be transported back in time to the days of the early pioneers as they conveyed their goods into Christchurch city. 

The Park has many other exhibits to explore as well as the steam train and trams. See the fire engines, aeroplanes, tractors and model railroad, and learn about telecommunication through the ages. Wherever your interests lie, there’s an intriguing slice of history around every corner. 

For young and old, the Edwardian township is a compelling space to wander through. Call in at the print shop, theatre and cottages, and check out the schoolhouse and jail, which always captivate the youngsters!

While celebrating our city’s proud history, the Extravaganza promises plenty of fun for our future generation as well – with a petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy castle and face-painting. There will be food vendors on-site if you’re after a little treat, but it’s definitely worth bringing a picnic and soaking up the atmosphere.

Don’t miss Ferrymead’s famous Extravaganza – it comes around once a year. Grab your ticket, hop on board and enjoy the ride on Sunday 23 October. 


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