Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 406 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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  • Walking through the gardens and enjoy a day with your friends, spouse or family, perfect place and been take care very well. Also have coffee shop inside.  more »
  • An amazing place, very pretty, hike their trails it makes you feel in a movie, super care full of beautiful plants and ducks, ideal for walking, walking, picnicking, sailing on its channel, sit down to read, don't forget to visit it!
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  • I go this place quite a lot for enjoy walking and relaxing on the bench doing nothing. You can see always different flowers or plants depends on the season. Rose garden is really beautiful during spri...  more »
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  • Enjoyed our walk around this lovely place - worth your time. Sprawling grounds with so many beautiful points for photos. Best of all, it is FREE. When in Christchurch, one of the first "MUST VISITS" you need to do is to go here. The rose garden was indeed a sight to behold - all types, colors & sizes! So lovely & breathtaking! There are a lot of other varying spots in the garden worth checking out, too. So many varied plants and blooms all nice to see and hold. There's a quaint, cozy coffee shop as well amidst the gardens and we stopped by here for a cup of coffee & some pastries. Delicious! A good coffee break indeed! :)
  • Wonderful place to recharge your batteries. Thank you to all the staff who were amazingly helpful. I was on crutches and they had a powered mobility scooter available so that I could still visit the gardens with my family. Everything was accessible and we had a thoroughly great day out. Very much a must see on a visit to Christchurch. Yummy food in the Cafe!!
  • Lovely to stroll around the gardens. Lovely trees, plants and shrubs and beautiful fountain. There's a pool for little ones and drinks and ice cream shop. Great indoor walk round greenhouse. Dedicated garden for rose varieties and NZ native species. Nice place for a family picnic, with a play area for the little ones. Ample, easily accessible parking.
  • The Caterpillar tour is a fun and great way to explore the gardens. The tour guide drives around the gardens and the tour covers most of the major part of the garden. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The garden is huge and has all sort of flower and trees. There are one or two stops along the tour. One of the stops is at rose garden and rainforest house. The rose garden is lovely. Overall, it is a lovely tour to see the key area of the Christchurch botanic gardens.
  • Recommend caterpillar tour. In center of town, great bus and tram access. Level paths. Large variety of plants and trees. Green house well worth looking at. Great Cafe and lawn area.
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