Railway Society Inc
& Visitor Information
O Box 13 039
TELEPHONE - GENERAL
(03) 358 8215
FERRYMEAD RAILWAY SITE
Please note: this number is only answered on
work and operating days. Use this number only to
contact a specific person on the Ferrymead
Railway site or to enquire about a specific
Ferrymead Railway activity occurring on the day
you are calling. Use one of the other contact
methods for general enquiries.
Visiting the Ferrymead Railway
Railway is located within the Ferrymead Heritage Park in south-east Christchurch. The
Railway is currently accessible as follows:
viewing: during the normal opening hours of the
Park. Access is limited to display areas and
items that are stored outside. Contact the Park for opening hours and
days: The Railway currently operates for the
public on Sundays and public holidays and at
other times as arranged (subject to availability).
The operating hours are the normal hours that the
Park is open. To see the current list of
operating days, go to the Events page.
days: Work parties are usually held at the site
each Saturday, each Thursday, and Wednesday
evenings, and at other times as required. Areas
of the Railway not normally available to the
public may be accessible during work days. Such
access is subject to staff discretion and
statutory regulations governing public safety.
may also be opened or operated on request for tour
parties or for charter by outside organisations. Please contact the Society to discuss your
The best time
to experience railway preservation in NZ is between
Labour Weekend and Easter. Many groups close down or
restrict their operations during the NZ winter months
when outdoor activities are less popular.
Railway normally operates additional days over the
Christmas / New Year period and during the Easter holiday
weekend. During the warmer months trains operate each
Sunday. Over the winter period this reduces to twice per
month or no services at all depending on the work
schedule. The Railway may use the winter period to close
down completely for maintenance.
To Get There
Ferrymead Heritage Park is
located between the suburbs of Ferrymead, on the way to
Sumner, and Heathcote, en route to Lyttelton,
approximately 7 km from Cathedral Square. The public
entrance is now on Truscotts Road near its intersection
with Ferrymead Park Drive.
Public transport options
include the following:
The fare from the central city is approximately $15
(enquire from your driver or taxi company as to
the actual fare to be charged).
- Public Bus.
Redbus operates a daily service to Sumner that
passes the intersection of Ferry Road and Bridle
Path Road. Catch Bus No. 30, 31 or 32 from the
central city to "Ferrymead Bridge".
Walk down Bridle Path Road to its intersection
with Ferrymead Park Drive then walk down
Ferrymead Park Drive to the Park entrance in
Truscotts Road. Fare and timetable information
for No. 30/31/32 buses is available from BusInfo
ph (03) 366 8855 or Environment Canterbury.
For details of opening
days, hours and entrance charges to Ferrymead Historic
Park, contact the Park office.