Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 406 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. Make Christchurch Botanic Gardens part of your personalized Christchurch itinerary using our Christchurch trip planner .
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Christchurch Botanic Gardens
map
Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tours
View more tours
Christchurch Botanic Gardens Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
5,534 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • The gardens were buzzing with people of all ages, shapes & sizes who were glued to their phones on some strange game trying to find clues around the beautiful gardens. We thought this an odd spectacle...  more »
  • Have visited many times, but this was first winter visit. Benefitted from good weather. The daffodils were on display: the deciduous trees were revealed.  more »
  • The scent of the roses was wonderful, beautiful trees along the small river, book a gondola boat ride. Lovely peaceful gardens in the middle of a city  more »
Google
  • Heaps to explore with garden styles from all over the world. My personal favourite is the large conservatory house. Great for families, groups or even some personal quiet time. One could spend an entire day exploring this wonderful and iconic part of Christchurch. A must visit for any visitor or local. What's also fantastic is it is free! Take a picnic and enjoy the surroundings.
  • Every visitor to Christchurch must find at least one half day to visit these gardens and Hagley Park. The gardens are welcoming with plenty of information discretely placed to explain what you are looking at an why it is there. A spacious visitor centre and indoor/outdoor cafeteria is always popular as is the incorporated gift shop. Artwork is scattered throughout, some quirky, all interesting. Walking tracks abound. The Avon river winds through the garden, waterfowl and punts find it to be a great place. There are car parks and buses stop adjacent. A beautiful spot.
  • I absolutely love the botanical gardens. It's great all year round with a fantastic variety of gardens. Love that you can always find a quiet space. The carnivorous plant section is one of my favorites. Free parking is a bonus as it makes it easier to go with a toddler. My only draw back is that the playground is so dated and falling apart.
  • Absolutely beautiful. Even during the winter months this is a must see if you're in Christchurch. The rose gardens won't be available, but it's definitely worth it to view the native New Zealand garden. One trip simply won't due, so be prepared to make a few during your time in the city.
  • A beautiful part of christchurch. The cafe at the heart of the gardens has a nice selection of hot and cold drinks. It is always fun to go canoeing down the avon. This place is wonderful to have at the centre of the city. All of the gardens are so amazingly maintained. Thank you for all you do here!! Autumn here is the best!!
Places to stay near Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Plan your trip to Christchurch

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Christchurch Botanic Gardens by other users

9 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in South Island BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE November, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in South Island BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Christchurch BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Christchurch BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in South Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans