Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 261 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. With our custom trip planner, Christchurch attractions like Christchurch Botanic Gardens can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Really nice for a stroll around the garden. Kids parks, the river, and lots of plants and trees. Right by the main museum.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Lovely walk back after visiting the city centre and exploring Christchurch. A real key factor and part of the city.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We enjoyed a stroll around the gardens. The mature trees were impressive and the grounds are well maintained. Unfortunately because it was winter there wasn't a lot of colour. And the conservatory was...  more »
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  • Beautiful by any international standards. Very accessible with kids play area, New Zealand section, rose gardens and more. Highly recommend the indoor gardens / greenhouses (look for the old buildings in the middle of the gardens. They're easy to miss as they look a bit like they might hold equipment for the care takers...)
  • An oasis in the heart of Christchurch. Amazing variety of vegetation. Huge trees adds to the mystic feel. Beautiful rose garden with more than 100 species. Nice play area for kids. You can visit here just for a jog or could spend an entire day reading a book under a tree. Simply beautiful
  • Such a beautiful place all year round. Grounds are kept immaculate. Great for all age groups where you want to sit & have a picnic or a nice relaxing walk.
  • This is a peaceful park in a concrete jungle. Various ducks and waterfowl inhabit the lakes nearby the botanical garden. Bikes are not allowed to be ridden here but there are bike paths on the circumference. This garden contains plants from all over the world, including a California Sequoia or Redwood. The Rose Garden is a highlight, drawing honey and bumble bees to its varied blooms. The conservatory next door is a great place to warm up on cool rainy days and has species from around the world.
  • Beautiful gardens! Love going there! Great cafe and park and paddle pool for kids.

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