Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 414 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 local weekly Walking Group goes out of the area once a month. This month it was to the Botanical Gardens with main purpose of viewing the Azaleas before they are past their best - well we weren't ...  more »
  • Christchurch is just so luck to have this resource within walking distance from what is left of the city center after the devastating earth quakes it has had to suffer. Best time to visit this gem is ...  more »
  • The Christchurch Botanic gardens are some of the most beautiful gardens I’ve seen. With the Avon River meandering through the gardens the setting is simply stunning. The gardens are suitable for all a...  more »
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  • 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. A list see on a visit to Christchurch. Yummy food in the Cafe!!
  • We visited at the very start of spring so all the flowers were absolutely beautiful, even though the roses hadn't started blooming yet. Highly recommend going for a stroll through here.
  • Great environment but thought options at cafe limited and expensive for what it was. Tasty though. Cafe inside pretty bland and noisy.
  • Beautiful by any international standards. Very accessible with kids play area, New Zealand section, rose gardens and more. Highly recommend the indoor gardens / greenhouses (look for the old buildings in the middle of the gardens. They're easy to miss as they look a bit like they might hold equipment for the care takers...)
  • Always a beautiful place to visit, love to just stroll along and take it all in. Good tea rooms in the grounds if you're in need of a cuppa.

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