Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

(4.7/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web)
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. With our custom trip planner, Christchurch attractions like Christchurch Botanic Gardens can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Lovely gardens along the river bank. Lots to see and areas for all the family. Good restaurant/coffee stop. There was also a restaurant at the Gardener's Cottage which had an interesting garden growin...  more »
  • Lovely, tranquil and loads of shady spots to choose from. Great place for a leisurely lunch or picnic. 
  • After the adrenaline rushes in queenstown etc the trolley ride and walks around the botanic garden were a lovely change of gear. 
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  • Awesome place to relax. The flowers are always blooming every time we visit. The roses, dalias, tulips and other varieties of flowers, so pretty. Well maintain ground. Thank you Gardeners and staff to make the place looks so wonderful.
  • Had a chance for a tram tour and our tour guide Faye was very knowledgeable and keeps us entertain through out the whole trip. The place are well maintained and well preserved. With over a thousands of species of plants and trees surely this garden is an oasis simply not to be missed! Great job to all hard working gardeners who keeps this place a wonderful sight.
  • An abundance of species, shapes, and sizes. Colours everywhere, each season brings a fresh look. Go to location for everything from a romantic date, to personal reflection time. Christchurch's heart
  • Awesome place to visit. Well maintained, great selection of trees. Or just great to hang around, celebrate your party.
  • Beautiful, widespread, English-style gardens established in the 19th century. The archery lawn near the museum is a great spot for summer picnics and gatherings of friends. The new cafe, information centre, and nursery building is gorgeous. There's a great children's playground with an outdoor paddling/swimming pool, a huge greenhouse and several smaller ones (including a fern house with the famous Silver Fern), and plenty more. Free parking off Rolleston Ave and on Riccarton Ave.