Upper Riccarton

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Upper Riccarton
St Peter's Anglican Church, a landmark of Upper Riccarton, showing damage from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake
St Peter's Anglican Church, a landmark of Upper Riccarton, showing damage from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake
Upper Riccarton is located in New Zealand
Upper Riccarton
Upper Riccarton
Upper Riccarton is located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Upper Riccarton
Upper Riccarton
Coordinates: 43°31′54″S 172°34′27″E / 43.53178°S 172.57427°E / -43.53178; 172.57427Coordinates: 43°31′54″S 172°34′27″E / 43.53178°S 172.57427°E / -43.53178; 172.57427
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityChristchurch
Electoral wardRiccarton
 • Total3,066
Avonhead Ilam
Upper Riccarton

Upper Riccarton is a suburb of Christchurch. It is due west of Riccarton.

Upper Riccarton is made up of residential, retail and education areas. It includes a major intersection known as "Church Corner" (the intersection of Riccarton, Main South and Yaldhurst Roads), as well as the Bush Inn Shopping Centre and multiple schools.

A local landmark is St Peter's Church. The original wooden church, consecrated in 1858, was built by Isaac Luck. The later stone church was built between 1876 and 1929, with Benjamin Mountfort the architect for the initial work, but Cecil Wood undertaken most of the architectural design.[2]


Bush Inn Centre is located in Upper Riccarton.[3] It has 60 shops, including Briscoes and V Mart.[4]


As a mixed-use suburb within proximity of multiple residential areas, Upper Riccarton is home to multiple primary and secondary schools. These include a mix of both state and state-integrated schools, the latter of which are primarily single-sex. Most notably, this includes Riccarton Primary and Our Lady of Victories at a primary level alongside the state school Riccarton High and the state-integrated Catholic schools of Villa Maria College and St Thomas of Canterbury College at a secondary level.

The Upper Riccarton Library is operated as a joint community and school library with Riccarton High. This began with the signing of an agreement in 2004 and was opened on 23 January 2006.[5] The library features a café, meeting rooms and multiple other community resources.[6]


  1. ^ "2013 Census QuickStats about a place: Upper Riccarton". archive.stats.govt.nz. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  2. ^ "St. Peter's Anglican Church Cemetery, Upper Riccarton". Christchurch: Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Bush Inn Centre". bushinncentre.co.nz. Ganson Management.
  4. ^ "Bush Inn Centre Stores". bushinncentre.co.nz. Ganson Management.
  5. ^ http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Bibliofile/2006/UpperRiccarton/Opening/OpeningDay.asp Opening day photo library
  6. ^ "About Upper Riccarton Library". my.christchurchcitylibraries.com. Retrieved 13 June 2020.