Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 464 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 .
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  • 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 »
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  • Make sure you go multiple times a year as it is constantly changing. Always worth a visit to the Cunningham hothouse and there is always a brilliant display of orchids and cacti there to. Don't miss the rose garden in summer, beautiful display and lovely scents to be enjoyed. The display probably makes it my favourite place to take a walk particularly on an Autumn afternoon. Also a great playground for the kids!
  • 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.
  • First time visiting the park. Will definitely be back. The cactus garden and the rainforest room is very cool! Parking could be a little better. Great place to take the family and get some fresh air. Will be back to explore some more next time in Christchurch.
  • One of my favorite things to do in Christchurch on a nice day. I believe access is best (if arriving by car) via Riccarton Ave entrance. Plenty to explore in these Gardens, don’t miss the Native walk which is easy to do, so take a moment to study the map at thee info kiosk. The cafe in the middle is good also.
  • Loved visiting the gardens, if your here visiting the gardens I strongly recommended you take the caterpillar tour which is amazing especially if you are interested in plants and trees and knowing that little bit more. It's especially great if you don't want to walk around or if it's raining. The glass house is a must see and the new area on the right side is also amazing
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