The Tea House - Christchurch Wedding & Dinner Venue
Suitable for wedding buffets from 40 to 85 people, The Tea House is Riccarton Park’s premium wedding venue. Sited to the west of the Grandstands in its own separate park setting, The Tea House is a fine example of a stylistic Edwardian building. Built in 1903 and now restored to its original design, it features a wide veranda and two large roof turrets giving it a pavilion-like appearance. Complimenting the exterior features, are the unique Tongue & Groove walls inside the Tea House. Guests will be seated at round tables. Outside wedding ceremonies can be arranged on the Tea House Lawn.
The Tea House has beautiful grounds with a unique water feature making it the perfect location for weddings, dinner events and functions. Beautifully restored Edwardian character stand-alone venue with a pond and maximum capacity of upto 100 people.
The Riccarton Tea House is a distinctive building, there is no other like it in Australasia.
Constructed to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canterbury Jockey Club, the Tea House was erected as a place for women to enjoy racedays. This was 10 years after women were given the right to vote in New Zealand but females were still not allowed in the Stewards Stand at the time.
In the 1940s the Tea House became a dormitory for soldiers departing for WWII. In 1945 it was turned in to a makeshift hospital during the flu epidemic. Later in the 1950's and 60's the Tea House with its sprung wooden floor, became a popular dance hall as well as party and wedding venue.
At some stage in the 1960's the verandas were enclosed and the glazed doors removed to provide more internal space. This had a major impact on the buildings appearance.
In the 1970's the once stunning timber floor was also removed and replaced with concrete.
After that period, the once bustling Tea House became a quiet place. For more than 30 years the building sat and deteriorated. Despite the extensive deterioration the foundation and the structure of the Tea House were sound.
With the help of Community Trusts, passionate & skilled people, reconstruction and restoration began in 2006. Care was taken to ensure best trade practice was used and that all visible new work matched the original.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes Restoration of the Tea House in all its former glory was completed in October 2008 with its official opening on the 3rd of December 2008.
What do people say?
"We would love to say a big thank you to Riccarton Park. Our whole experience working with you both was very positive & thank you for your prompt responses to our questions & making yourselves available when needed - much appreciated. A big thank you to staff who set up the tables & staff on the day, we received so many positive comments about the yummy kai & friendly helpful staff from staff to finish! Again thanks again for making our day special with your awesome facility & grounds."
- Te Pania, 2020
"It (the Tea House) dressed up so nicely with our decorations and it was anything and everything we could have wanted or needed in a venue at a great price. The staff were so helpful and always responded quickly. I'm still recommending the tea house to future brides."
- Anita Stewart, 2018
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