Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 465 in Parks in South Island
Stroll through South Island's colorful plant life at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, sheltering both native and exotic species. Sprawled over 21 hectares (52 acres) near the loop of the Avon River, this garden serves as one of Christchurch's major year-round tourist attractions. Highlights include a rose garden with 250 different varieties, a large Victorian glasshouse containing an impressive collection of tropical species, and a rock garden sheltering plants that flower throughout the year. In addition to a small cafe and gift shop, the visitor center features an interactive exhibit about the history of the area's gardening. Take a guided tour, or hop on one of the garden's electric shuttles. Make Christchurch Botanic Gardens part of your personalized Christchurch itinerary using our Christchurch trip planner .
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  • Our Airbnb was near here and we took the opportunity to stroll around the day after arrival. Get used to the time zone and so forth. It was just glorious and so nicely laid out. So close to the city b...  more »
  • I am staying right across the street from the christchurch botanical gardens and have come here everyday so far! There are many trainls, plants, flowers, trees, birds, and the scenic avon river, all w...  more »
  • A true haven away from the busy streets. Well set out and lots to see. Watching the punters along the river Avon was fun and if we’d had more time we would have had a ride ourselves. Some lovely smell...  more »
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  • Very pretty and relaxing place to go on a good day. However, it doesn't make sense to me that lime scooters aren't allowed in. The way it was explained to me is that for some people if they see a flower they would "make a beeline for it" which could be dangerous? Apart from this, the Botanic Gardens is a place you should check out if you haven't already.
  • This place is always lush and beautiful. The rose garden is gorgeous. There is a lovely Cafe in the heart of the park. It is the best place for those of us who have spent time in Antarctica to reaquaint ourselves with green things and smells.
  • Nice place to have a walk when it is sunny. There is no reason for coming here when it is raining. The Gardens consists of little independent areas are being kept well maintained. Very peaceful area to which you can also bring you kinds. Toilets and a cafe are located in the center of the gardens.
  • Christchurch really does a great job of taking care of its botanic gardens, and the payoff is obvious for everyone who is fortunate enough to get to visit them. Basically everything in the gardens is well maintained and beautiful, and if you like seeing gorgeous flowers, trees, grasses, and animals, then this place is for you!
  • Great place to go for a walk and relax. Can rent a kayak for a ride along the river. Museum is right there too, Rose garden and tropical plants enclosure. Don't forget to feed the ducks.
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