Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 504 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- classy and quiet. Great facilities there for children, a very nice cafe and place to look at plants and sit by the river. a must do, and free! E scooters are banned in this ...  more »
  • The most beautiful gardens I’ve ever seen. Make sure you take the caterpillar train around the gardens as you’ll see it all and then take a leisurely stroll around the area. Beautiful well maintained ...  more »
  • Spent an hour or so here and it was a lovely oasis in the city. There's a cafe for lunch and some nice walks  more »
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  • Beautiful, expansive, well-maintained grounds were such a pleasure. Wish I had a lot more time to explore. Loved every square inch of the gardens. I couldn't get enough pictures of gorgeous dahlias and roses. Got dark fast. I was simply blown away by the elegance of dahlias. No wonder my mom loves them. Wish I could walk these gardens everyday. 🌹💐🌺🐝🌸🌻🏵🐝
  • Huge rolling garden with several different types of flowers and trees. Several specific areas. Of course the rose garden is gorgeous and a huge draw. But there are a lot of nice and quiet places in the far side from the main entrance as well as quiet places on the other side of the river. Great place to relax or have some fun with some mates.
  • A very large space. Lots of different area to explore and things to find. I really liked the native NZ area. It gives a good sense of what it's like on tramps without leaving the city. A really accessible space, quite flat and a lot of paths. Nice shop too.
  • As gardens they are what you expect well kept lots of interesting specimens lovely rose garden river walk; get peaceful. All is at odds with the most poignant current feature, the impromptu flower tribute to the victims of the shootings. Some 3 weeks after the event if grows ever bigger and loses nothing as a place of remembrance for the victims
  • What a stunning place. You could Gerry last in there for a day. Perfect with friends and family, or take a book in, find one of the many quiet spots in the bush and chill. Someone had soon great foresight
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