Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

4.8
#1 of 490 in Parks in South Island
Garden Park Must See
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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  • This was a beautiful botanic garden. It was so nice. I didn’t go all around the garden, I just went to the main rose garden. Truly beautiful! There was a cafe in the garden. The chai tea latte was...  more »
  • Free to all, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens provide a beautiful and peaceful escape from the rat race. Perfectly manicured lawns and dozens of footpaths throughout. The Gardens are enclosed by the....  more »
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  • We visited here on two occasions and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. The gardens are huge, well designed and well maintained. The walking and cycle paths take you to all corners of the area, and one can easily find a secluded bench to enjoy the quiet beauty of nature in the midst of city bustle. Definitely worth the time, and nice to do in combination with a visit to the museum.
  • Beautiful gardens that are free to walk around. We loved exploring all the different areas, including ponds, greenhouses, rose gardens, and a children's play area with pool. The cafe was great and perfect for a quick lunch. Parking gets pretty bad during the summer and the parking lot is difficult to drive in and out of so I suggest walking there or arriving early if you plan to park.

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