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Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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Free admission
Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch, 8013

The Basics

Many visitors opt for a narrated tour of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens by caterpillar—an electric-powered, open-top shuttle that makes frequent stops. Hop on and off at your leisure and meander through the extensive grounds. Combine your tour with a 30-minute punt ride on the Avon River: Relax in a flat-bottomed boat while a punter navigates the willow-lined banks with a long pole.

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Tramway Restaurant 4 Course Dinner Service through Christchurch
Tramway Restaurant 4 Course Dinner Service through Christchurch
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$88.19 per adult
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this overdelivered... easy onboard, so professional and the service was attentive and efficient. food was awesome - we don't know how they do it. all set with a backdrop of a tour of the cbd... fantastic.
Michael_T, Jul 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Botanic Gardens are a must-see for gardeners, arborists, architecture enthusiasts, or anyone wanting a relaxing oasis away from the bustle of the city.

  • This family-friendly destination features a children’s playground that’s been popular since the early 1900s.

  • Smoking is not allowed, nor are dogs permitted.

  • You’ll find a cafe at the Visitor Centre, a restaurant at the Tudor-style Curator’s House, crisscross trails for walking, and inviting lawns for a picnic.

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How to Get There

Find the entrance to the Botanic Gardens on Rolleston Avenue, located on the western edge of central Christchurch, less than half a mile from the CBD. The destination is one of 17 hop-on hop-off stops on the Christchurch Tramway, which makes a 50-minute circuit around the Garden City.

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When to Get There

Wander among more than 100 beds of roses in bloom from pre-Christmas into January. Bordering the Rose Garden you’ll find a stunning array of dahlias between January and April. Begonias can be found in the Townend House conservatory from mid-January until the end of March. However, any time of year is worth a visit.

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Plentiful Photo Opportunities

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens include a water garden, rock and heather gardens, New Zealand gardens, a herb garden, a daffodil woodland, and so much more. Six conservatories protect desert plants, tropical blooms, begonias, alpine plants, and orchids. Also of note are architectural landmarks like the Peacock Fountain, Cuningham Glasshouse, Band Rotunda, and Antigua Boat Shed.

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