Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

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#1 of 411 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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  • Lots to look at, very diverse plant life. The cafe was fairly expensive but the food was lovely. Definitely worth coming.  more »
  • Being a local, I like to visit the Christchurch Botanical Gardens each season. The favourites being Spring to see the Daffodils & Cherry Blossoms and Summer the Rose Gardens and Hydrangeas. Best time ...  more »
  • Beautiful grounds with fabulous roses. It was raining and we only had 1/2 hour but we really enjoyed it.  more »
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  • Love, love, love. With limited time to get to the city we decided to take the short walk from where we stayed at double tree Sheraton, across the park. We loved this place so much, we ended up spending most of our day walking through it and checking out the indoor plant displays etc. We cancelled our city plans. Would highly recommend for those even if you're not in the direct area. I'll be back when next in NZ. It's absolutely lovely, the trees are lovely and the grounds...including huge garden ornaments were stunning!
  • Fabulous place to visit weather a plant enthusiast or not. Was still Autumn when we visited do not all flowers were in bloom. Had s great walk through the grounds. The cafe there had divine date scones .
  • Lots of variety, well maintained. It has basic toilets and food shops/cafes inside. It has a paddle pool and children's play area for picnics. It possesses the magic of providing a different experience everytime one visits as the gardens change across seasons. Appropriate for all ages.
  • Nice garden that offers some tranquility from the city. Good toilet facilities present too. Some more information about the trees and bushes would have been apriciated. We missed the signs with at least the names of the plants in many cases.
  • Outstanding, beautiful gardens that cover a large area. They've themed the gardens from climates around the world. The entrance starts with a typical park with fountain built in the 1800s and then moves into the naturally landscaped areas. Some massive trees be and a great diversity.

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