After its beginnings as a Victorian home with an English-style garden, Risingholme historic homestead has re-emerged as a much-loved park and community centre.

Risingholme Park

The house dates from 1864 and the property was gifted to the city as a park in 1943. That same year the building took on a second lease of life as a community centre.

The garden of Risingholme features a collection of mature trees, including English oak, cypress, beech, Atlantic cedar, Lebanon cedar, deodora cedar, wellingtonia, Spanish chestnut, scarlet oak, ash and Canadian hemlock. There are also plantings of native trees, collections of shrubs and herbaceous borders. A formal rose garden stands in front of the old homestead.

Facilities for use by the public include a children’s playground, plenty of seating, toilets and a drinking fountain. A hall and several smaller rooms are available for hire in the community centre.

Visit Risingholme's website.

Risingholme Park Wedding Location Map

Terms and conditions

For the ceremony:

  • A maximum of 12 chairs may be used for elderly or less mobile guests. Chairs with wide, flat bottomed tips only can be used.
  • A small portable stereo may be used - no amplified sound or music is allowed.
  • One glass of alcohol (in plastic glasses) may be served to guests for ceremonial toasting.
  • All people (includes photographers) must keep to the pathways and lawn areas and must not stand on or among any of the plant collections.

In keeping with the natural setting:

  • Marquees and other structures (including free standing umbrellas) are not permitted.
  • Items must not be attached to trees, buildings or other fixed structures and no decorations, balloons, rice, petals, birdseed or confetti are allowed.

To ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment:

  • No vehicles are permitted. Walking access only.
  • CCC by-laws apply across Risingholme Park under all conditions. 


No refunds unless adverse weather conditions prevent your ceremony taking place. Under these circumstances, you must contact our call centre within 24hrs of your booking time. Ph: (03) 941 8999. A fee of 10% will be charged to cover administration.

Important information

We advise all wedding and civil union ceremony and photo session parties to book alternative back-up wet weather venues.

Please note that as our garden and heritage parks are public spaces, no part may be hired exclusively. Be aware that other non-related activities may be occurring in, or in close proximity to the booked area during your period of use.

Parks staff aim for a high standard within the grounds. However, sometimes there may be maintenance work within or close by the areas booked.

The Christchurch City Council reserves the right to cancel any bookings due to circumstances beyond its control.

Map of bookable areas, plus terms and conditions for use [PDF 1.2MB].