Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 409 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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  • Nice and large English-style botanical garden right next to the city center. Good to combine with Canterbury Museum (next to main entrance) and the nearby Art Gallery.  more »
  • Set in the corner of Hagley Park, a wonderful open space in the centre of Christchurch, the Botanical Gardens are well worth a wander around. There are many plants and trees to see, and it is such a t...  more »
  • These gardens are absolutely beautiful. Immaculately cared for, a massive array of fauna, you can list yourself in this paradise for hours. I can't wait to go back as often as possible ❤️  more »
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  • 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. Very much a must see on a visit to Christchurch. Yummy food in the Cafe!!
  • Lovely to stroll around the gardens. Lovely trees, plants and shrubs and beautiful fountain. There's a pool for little ones and drinks and ice cream shop. Great indoor walk round greenhouse. Dedicated garden for rose varieties and NZ native species. Nice place for a family picnic, with a play area for the little ones. Ample, easily accessible parking.
  • The Caterpillar tour is a fun and great way to explore the gardens. The tour guide drives around the gardens and the tour covers most of the major part of the garden. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The garden is huge and has all sort of flower and trees. There are one or two stops along the tour. One of the stops is at rose garden and rainforest house. The rose garden is lovely. Overall, it is a lovely tour to see the key area of the Christchurch botanic gardens.
  • Recommend caterpillar tour. In center of town, great bus and tram access. Level paths. Large variety of plants and trees. Green house well worth looking at. Great Cafe and lawn area.
  • While there may be fewer flowers than the gardens in Dunedin or Wellington, the area is excellently manicured and well maintained. It is always a joy to come here and go for a stroll. Be aware that parking in the main parking lot can be difficult on public holidays or weekends.

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