Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 491 in Parks in South Island
Garden Park Must See
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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  • BEAUTIFUL Botanic Gardens, indeed. Lots of wonderful Dahlias, Roses and other flowers in a lovely "setting"  more »
  • Simply gorgeous - walk, have lunch, smell the flowers, lounge, meditate...what isn’t there to love about this place! Saw so many unique birds (to me anyway - fantail was cool), amazing roses, and...  more »
  • This was a beautiful botanic garden. It was so nice. I didn’t go all around the garden, I just went to the main rose garden. Truly beautiful! There was a cafe in the garden. The chai tea latte was...  more »
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  • We visited here on two occasions and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. The gardens are huge, well designed and well maintained. The walking and cycle paths take you to all corners of the area, and one can easily find a secluded bench to enjoy the quiet beauty of nature in the midst of city bustle. Definitely worth the time, and nice to do in combination with a visit to the museum.
  • Beautiful gardens that are free to walk around. We loved exploring all the different areas, including ponds, greenhouses, rose gardens, and a children's play area with pool. The cafe was great and perfect for a quick lunch. Parking gets pretty bad during the summer and the parking lot is difficult to drive in and out of so I suggest walking there or arriving early if you plan to park.
  • Lovely selection of trees great New Zealand plant area. Rose garden looking very lovely. So many plant collections. Walking tour really worth it. And lunch was very taste good vegetarian choices with perfect weather to sit out on patio and enjoy surroundings. Plus 3 hrs free parking.
  • The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are absolutely stunning. The new visitor centre and shop are a lovely place to have a coffee and cake after getting lost in the extensive gardens. There are many different types of area and all are immaculately presented and cared for by a large team of friendly gardeners. There are also many glass houses with tropical plants and these are all free to visit as well. There is a large childrens area with a swimming pool and plenty of things to keep the whole family entertained. Definitely worth your time to visit!
  • Beautiful large gardens, with a huge variety of plants and trees from both NZ, and around the world. There is a cafe, and even a small 'museum' inside the building that houses the cafe which is quite cool. Lots of open spaces for a picnic or whatnot. There was a live band playing today, which i think may be a regular event on a weekend. It's a great place to go to relax and even to get some exercise since it's a large area, and even has an exercise gym out in the park area on the other side of the river!

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