Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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At the heart of Christchurch's reputation as the Garden City, the Gardens are a place of ever-changing beauty. Showcasing flora and fauna of New Zealand and other parts of the world, the Gardens feature one of the finest collections of exotic and local plants in New Zealand. With more than 1.1 Million visitors each year the Botanic Gardens are one of the Christchurch's most popular and well-loved attractions.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Caitlin
    Orlando, Florida17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Walk :)
    This is one of my personal favourite places in Christchurch! It is beautiful, there's so much to see and do, lots of trees for kids to play in, cafes to sit and relax in. September through to November is my personal favourite time to go and walk around because it is Spring and the rose garden blooms early November! Lovely to walk around in :):)
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • patrick t
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great city.
    I loved the city, and I was so pleased to be staying right outside Hagley park which was a beautiful place to walk thru every day, and the botanic gardens were great to see. What I loved about the park the most was the beautiful trees throughout. The quake museum is definitely worth a visit, as it shows the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, and the riverside market is a must, as you can get every type of food you want there. I just love the layout of the place, and am heading back toNew Zealand in January 2024, and my starting base is 3days in Christchurch before a couple of months around the South Island.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Rotiman1
    Sydney, Australia2,012 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth exploring
    Well laid and easily accessible from cbd. Enjoyed simply strolling around and discovering the variety of plants and trees. Small but pleasant cactii and orchid exhibitions. Visitors centre and cafe looked good
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
  • Pippa H
    London, United Kingdom82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful way to spend an afternoon
    Beautiful selection of trees and plants! Could spend hours walking through to see everything. A lovely place to spend time. There are a few signs around, but also information in the centre where the cafe is, including some interactive stuff for kids. In particular I liked the NZ section, and the twisted tree!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 November 2023
  • timjstark
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin687 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place of rest and respite...
    After a busy, travel day, navigating the Christchurch construction zones, and a hotel laundry stint, I exhaled by strolling through the Gardens and everything was perfect once again... The beauty of these Gardens (not particularly a flower guy), is that they allow anyone to simply "be" in the moment, take in whatever you choose at your pace, smile at others doing the same, and stay for as long as you want. If I had a guidebook or a guide, I imagine that more information and facts would have been placed into my mind, but I am very happy with the joy that I experienced by doing it exactly in the manner that I just described.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 November 2023
  • Angela M
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a Stroll
    Beautiful gardens! Many serene walking trails, ducks, flowers, trees. It is well laid out, there are maps at regular intervals, they do offer guided tours but we didn't take one. The cafe is nice and there is a gift shop on site. There are conservatories as well but they close at 4pm (?) and the gardens stay open til dusk so if you're there late in the day you won't be able to get in.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Debbie I
    Sydney, Australia210 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a few hours
    I visited the gardens multiple times over a 3 day visit because there is so much to see and lots of roses to smell. Most of the grounds are informal and easy to enjoy whilst strolling throughout and occasionally crossing the Avon River. The more formal rose garden and also the greenhouses are definitely worth a visit. It is a peaceful and restorative place to visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 January 2024
  • Katharine M
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Dahlias
    This botanical garden appears to be a re-creation of something out of Oxford and Cambridge. There are loads of UK garden birds who make an appearance. The dahlias are the most profuse and perfect that I have ever seen. The rose garden is beautiful. There are glass houses and a fernery. There is both a traditional and a modern tearoom/restaurant in the grounds. The gift shop is lovely. The garden is completely flat so is an easy walk.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 February 2024
  • Albywon
    Sydney, Australia13,650 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A local favourite
    I grew up in Christchurch and visited the Gardens often in my childhood and teen years. I no longer live in New Zealand but still like to visit when I come to Christchurch. So I visited recently and enjoyed wandering through the Gardens again.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
  • TWal1
    Canberra, Australia2,951 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Gardens
    These gardens are located with the vast grounds of Hagley Park. They are well designed and feature an array of colourful and beautiful plants. The pathways are easy to walk as most of the area is flat. A very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the gardens.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2024
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Andy keen
Birmingham, UK1,417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Old Girl was acting Director of Brum Bots so I have been dragged around Bots all over the world.
Never grumble about Christchurch Bots and...It survived the quake !
Lovely walk
Written 9 June 2024
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LutheranLadySanDiego
San Diego1,442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was difficult to notice when the Botanic Gardens ended and the rest of the amazing park in Christchurch began. Since it was fall, many of the floral displays were waning. However, the fall colors made up for it. Easy stroll. Take your time.
Written 27 May 2024
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,751 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I fell in love with dahlias here! Who knew there were so many species and right next to the rose garden that could easily steal the show. Our tram guide was very helpful pointing our various trees and the delightful stories that go with some of them. I wish we could have spent an entire day leisurely walking through, sitting next to the mermaid fountain,etc. The pathways and the Avon river that runs through it along with Hagley park on the backside...wow!
Written 29 April 2024
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Expially D
Abbotsford, Canada563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The botanic gardens in the centre of the city are almost a mandatory itinerary item for visitors to the city. The gardens are huge, and there is lots to see. We took the tram tour with a guide who kept us interested and amused. This was a great introduction to the gardens and allowed us a few minutes to visit one of the conservatories and the rose garden. After the tour, you will want to allow for a bit more time to tour the gardens on your own. Highly recommended!
Written 22 April 2024
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Sue M
Coffin Bay, Australia34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
These gardens are outstanding! Very large with an incredible collection of trees & plants from around the world. The big tree collection is impressive & the conservatory has an amazing collection of diverse & beautiful plants. You could wander here for hours! Highly recommend.
Written 18 April 2024
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Alison C
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
What a great place to spend an afternoon! Even though it was an overcast day the scenery and gardens were spectacular. It was autumn and the changing colours are amazing, a sight I dont see as I live in the top part of the North Island where its too warm. I started with a toasted Reubens sandwich from Ilex Cafe which I had with a takeaway cuppa under a massive tree canopy while i tead my book. Then after a look through the shop I hopped on an electric car for an hour long drive through the gardens. The driver, Karen, was so friendly and informative. I'm glad I took the tour as the gardens are huge and at 72 I doubt I would have been able to walk even one quarter of it! After a cup of tea back at Ilex Cafe I visited the hothouse for a stunning display of colorful plants. Make sure you have a camera handy - I took so many photos! I thoroughly recommend the Botanic Gardens and would love to come again during different seasons.
Written 10 April 2024
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Julia @Scrumptious Solent
Southampton, UK2,438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous park for a walk around with a myriad of flowers and trees to enjoy. There are a couple of cafes, a large children’s play area, and some glasshouses with more exotic plants to enjoy.

Much larger than expected and it’s nice to walk around following the Avon river around the circumference (and seeing people being punted around the river).
Written 25 March 2024
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Wanda R
Greenfield, WI728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Outstanding. For starters it is free so make sure you find the time. Even if admission was charged it would be totally worth the price. Entry fountain gorgeous. Whimsical water features within. Rose garden fantastic. Beautiful magnificent trees. Very walkable. Indoor buildings beautiful. Extremely well cared for and clean gardens. Allow a minimum of 2 hourst at least. Very very glad we went.
Written 24 March 2024
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alistairb
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fantastic gardens without doubt the highlight of our stop in Christchurch. Nice cafe in the gardens and you can combine with a visit to the old university gardens next .
Easily the best gardens we visited in New Zealand
Written 23 March 2024
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Ben B
Minneapolis, MN15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Lovely green space with amazing examples of foliage from around the world. The Avon River runs along the edge of the gardens. The rose garden is spectacular and the New Zealand garden beautifully wild. I enjoyed a couple of nice walks there.
Written 12 March 2024
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