Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

(4.8/5 based on 4,200+ 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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  • Together with Hagley Park, the green heart and lung of the city of Christchurch. Walk for hours with only the sound of birds. Easily accessible from the city or from the parking places in the park. Clear information on all existing types. You should have been when visiting the city of Christchurch!
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  • The Christchurch Botanical Gardens is extensive and would impossible to visit in one day. The walking paths are well done as is the signage. It's a great place to sit and relax or walk or picnic or le...  more »
  • Lovely place to wonder around, no matter what the weather does. Don't wear your best shoes as not all paths are paved.  more »
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  • An oasis in the heart of Christchurch. Amazing variety of vegetation. Huge trees adds to the mystic feel. Beautiful rose garden with more than 100 species. Nice play area for kids. You can visit here just for a jog or could spend an entire day reading a book under a tree. Simply beautiful
  • This is a peaceful park in a concrete jungle. Various ducks and waterfowl inhabit the lakes nearby the botanical garden. Bikes are not allowed to be ridden here but there are bike paths on the circumference. This garden contains plants from all over the world, including a California Sequoia or Redwood. The Rose Garden is a highlight, drawing honey and bumble bees to its varied blooms. The conservatory next door is a great place to warm up on cool rainy days and has species from around the world.
  • Loved walking around and viewing the different areas. It was sparse and the rose gardens were beautiful. It's expanse is also very impressive.
  • Beautiful variety of flowers. The rose garden was astounding when we went (mid-late December)! You could easily spend hours on end here!
  • Not nearly as good as Hamilton's, but still great. A range of different gardens and indoor displays. Beautiful sights and smells.