Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 415 in Parks in South Island
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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  • August 16, 2017
    Really nice for a stroll around the garden. Kids parks, the river, and lots of plants and trees. Right by the main museum.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Lovely walk back after visiting the city centre and exploring Christchurch. A real key factor and part of the city.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We enjoyed a stroll around the gardens. The mature trees were impressive and the grounds are well maintained. Unfortunately because it was winter there wasn't a lot of colour. And the conservatory was...  more »
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  • September 6, 2017
    Wonderful place to recharge your batteries. Thank you to all the staff who were amazingly helpful. I was on crutches and they had a powered mobility scooter available so that I could still visit the gardens with my family. Everything was accessible and we had a thoroughly great day out. A list see on a visit to Christchurch. Yummy food in the Cafe!!
  • September 23, 2017
    We visited at the very start of spring so all the flowers were absolutely beautiful, even though the roses hadn't started blooming yet. Highly recommend going for a stroll through here.
  • September 19, 2017
    Great environment but thought options at cafe limited and expensive for what it was. Tasty though. Cafe inside pretty bland and noisy.
  • May 8, 2017
    Beautiful by any international standards. Very accessible with kids play area, New Zealand section, rose gardens and more. Highly recommend the indoor gardens / greenhouses (look for the old buildings in the middle of the gardens. They're easy to miss as they look a bit like they might hold equipment for the care takers...)
  • September 1, 2017
    Always a beautiful place to visit, love to just stroll along and take it all in. Good tea rooms in the grounds if you're in need of a cuppa.

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