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  • Address: Rolleston Avenue
  • Hours: Opens daily at 7am, closes at 9pm Nov - Feb, 8:30pm Mar & Oct, and 6:30pm Apr - Sept
  • Admission: Free. Guided tour: NZ$5

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Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch is known as the garden city, an Anglophile settlement of well-tended gardens and tree-lined streets. Pride of place in this flower-loving town goes to the Botanic Gardens, attractively set within a loop of the winding Avon River.

The gardens are planted with thousands of exotic and indigenous plants, with particular note going to its lime tree walkways, inviting lawns and seasonal flowers such as magnolias, azaleas and roses.

A number of conservatories protect a range of species, including desert plants, tropical blooms, begonias, alpine plants and orchids.

The gardens are an ideal location for a picnic, or to find a relaxing spot for an hour or two, away from the bustle of the city.

Practical Info

The Botanic Gardens are on the western edge of central Christchurch, less than half a mile from the bustling shops and cafés of the town center.

The entrance is on Rolleston Avenue, near the inner-city tramway loop.

Tours & Tickets

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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Explore the tranquil side of Christchurch with a classic boating, or punting, experience on the beautiful Avon River. A punter provides informative commentary ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $20.69

Discover Christchurch Sightseeing Tour with optional International Antarctic Center Admission

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 10 Reviews

Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic view points on a half-day city tour of Christchurch. Wander the Monavale Gardens with pretty ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hrs

From USD $47.82

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram, Gondola and Avon River Punting

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Reviews

Explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on a narrated tour aboard a caterpillar vehicle, an open-air electric shuttle that provides unobstructed views of the ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $13.86

Christchurch Half-Day Gardens Tour

See why Christchurch is truly the Garden City. You will visit a mixture of public and private gardens. The public gardens may include Mona Vale, the ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $86.63

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