Please click your language flag. Bitte Sprachflagge klicken.

Ferrymead Railway

8022 Christchurch, New Zealand-Aotearoa (Canterbury)

Address Ferrymead Heritage Park
Truscotts Road 
Floor area unfortunately not known yet  
Museum typ

Opening times
General viewing: 10am - 4:30pm
Access is limited to display areas and items that are stored outside.
The Ferrymead Railway currently operates
2nd Sunday of the month,
Ferrymead Night Market: 1st Saturday of the Month,
Easter and Labour Day Weekends and many public holidays.
Operating hours are the normal Park hours 10am - 4:30pm.
Work days: Thursdays, Saturdays and Wednesday evenings during the summer.

Status from 03/2022

Ferrymead Heritage Park Train tickets

Adult: $5.00: Child: $3.00; Family: $15.00

Tel.:+64-21-222 06 38.  eMail:  


Our page for Ferrymead Railway in Christchurch, New Zealand-Aotearoa, is not yet administrated by a member. Please write to us about your experience with this museum, for corrections of our data or sending photos by using the Contact Form to the Museum Finder.

Location / Directions
S43.568795° E172.701064°S43°34.12770' E172°42.06384'S43°34'7.6620" E172°42'3.8304"

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand.

The Ferrymead Railway is located within the Ferrymead Heritage Park in south-east Christchurch.

Ferrymead Heritage Park is located in the suburb of Ferrymead, approximately 7 km from Cathedral Square in downtown Christchurch. The public entrance is on Truscotts Road near the intersection of Ferrymead Park Drive. Access is either via Ferry Road on the way to Sumner or off Martindales Road.

By car:
Take Ferry Road east from city centre towards Sumner. Take first right over Heathcote River Bridge, down Bridle Path Road and follow signs to Ferrymead Heritage Park.

By bus:
Take bus number 35 from the city.

Enter via Ferrymead Heritage Park
50 Ferrymead Park Drive


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Ferrymead Railway is a New Zealand heritage railway built upon the formation of New Zealand's first public railway, from Ferrymead to Christchurch, which opened in 1863. On the opening of the line to Lyttelton on 9 December 1867, the Ferrymead Railway became the Ferrymead Branch and was closed shortly thereafter. In 1964, rail enthusiasts began relaying track on the historic formation and the new 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gaug Ferrymead Railway officially opened in 1977. It now operates steam, diesel and electric trains regularly and is recognised as one of the most significant rail preservation sites in New Zealand.

Ferrymead Heritage Park

It was decided that the site, later named Ferrymead Heritage Park, should include both railway and tram tracks, the latter operated by the Tramway Historical Society linking the entrance with a historical village development. The Canterbury Branch started construction of the Ferrymead Railway with infrastructure and facilities including the workshop, engine shed, stations, signalling systems and other facilities. The railway began to operate trains during 1972 and was officially opened in 1977

Present day

In 1995 Ferrymead Historic Park was taken over by the Christchurch City Council when its financial losses became unsustainable. Since that time there have been a number of changes in the way that the Park is run, with a greater reliance on voluntary labour. The Ferrymead Railway now operates a more limited running season to take into account the reduction in visitor numbers during the winter months and to allow for track and rolling stock maintenance as required.

In 2005 plans for a National Rail Museum were revealed. Construction of the first stage will cost approximately $3.5 million. Other plans include the electrification between Moorhouse and Ferrymead stations which was completed in 2009, and extending the line from Moorhouse to a new Valley Station.

The earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011 caused significant damage to infrastructure around the museum including the railway. Repairs were undertaken to get the railway up and running after authorities gave it the all clear to operate again. presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.



Data Compliance More Information