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Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 500 in Parks in South Island
Must see · Garden · Park
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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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  • Very well laid out clean tidy , very well worth the visit , great place to go relax with good company 
    Very well laid out clean tidy , very well worth the visit , great place to go relax with good company  more »
  • It was a bit chilly on the day we came, so my family stayed in the car. I couldn't resist getting out to take a look and a few photos. 
    It was a bit chilly on the day we came, so my family stayed in the car. I couldn't resist getting out to take a look and a few photos.  more »
  • One of the finest botanical gardens in the world. Includes many different outdoor spaces plus several unique greenhouses. 
    One of the finest botanical gardens in the world. Includes many different outdoor spaces plus several unique greenhouses.  more »
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  • Hidden gem of Chch, lots to see no matter the season
  • Of the many botanical gardens that the major cities of New Zealand have to offer I would say that Christchurch was probably the best. A sprawling park landscape it's best to get lost and wander around, the collection of trees is broad and host to some beautiful specimens. The glass houses are brilliant too. Nestled in a bend of the Avon/Otakaro river it's a tranquil retreat in the middle of the city, it's also free to enter, which feels almost criminal considering how well kept it is. Highly recommend, a must see in Christchurch.
  • This is a large botanic garden right in the heart of the city centre. Very nicely maintained and curated, it is a great way to spend half a day. Locals also prefer this place equally as tourists. There are themed gardens in side and are well connected with walk ways. The Avon river meanders through the gardens which makes it even more scenic. There is an event centre in here as well. Ample parking is available nearby and the Christchurch museum in proximity is a bonus. Highly recommended.
  • Alot of work goes into these gardens and it shows. It is a lovely place to visit and walk or should I say wander through all the lovely different flower beds and very established trees. So pretty. Anyone would enjoy!
  • It sounds boring to some and I’m sure there are some adults and teenagers that will find it mind numbingly boring. Kids and most adults will find it interesting, though. There’s a large playground (almost like multiple playgrounds) and wading pools for the kids. There are plenty of various different gardens to check out and lots of different types of ducks and swans to keep things lively. If you’re hungry, there’s a small cafe and even the Curators House for something fancier. The best part is, it’s free, so you won’t feel cheated if you give it a try for 15 minutes and decide you hate it.

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