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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  • Ken C
    Bottesford, United Kingdom534 contributions
    Quiet and beautiful
    This is a large green area with easy walking pathways which take you through this beautiful area of Sydney. The harbour waters lap up against the wall as it traces the bay. Lots of trees and plants to see. There is a cafe within the gardens to rest and enjoy a drink. You could easily spend 3 hours here but we visited twice to break it up. Worth it.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 December 2022
  • HahnTravels
    Liverpool, Australia1,213 contributions
    Beautiful Gardens
    Very peaceful at any time of day. Loved the rose garden, the hydrangeas and the native gardens. The many views of the Avon River are worth the effort. Try and locate the first tree planted, the Albert Edward Oak planted in 1863 to commemorate the marriage of Price Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Relax and enjoy!
    Visited December 2022
    Written 19 December 2022
  • rememr
    Singapore, Singapore951 contributions
    Garden in the city center
    Lovely garden near Christchurch city center, about 15min walk from where we came from. Easy to walk around with a café within the vicinity. There are also guided tram tours if you have more time; walking is faster.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 26 December 2022
  • JEBLLB
    233 contributions
    Beautiful setting for a walk
    As keen gardeners we love strolling round places like this and picking up ideas for our own patch. It was a lovely day when we went and we spent a large part of the afternoon there. Entry is free. At one point we stopped to buy ice-creams and were pleasantly surprised by the price of the cones compared to England and the size of them. I had the boysenberry which was delicious. There is a gift shop with a mainly botanical theme and some gorgeous items but it is quite expensive
    Visited October 2022
    Written 28 December 2022
  • sainter352016
    Melbourne, Australia25 contributions
    Beautiful way to spend a couple of hours
    Spent a lovely few hours in the Christchurch Gardens. I thought they were some of the best gardens I have been to. It was a beautiful sunny mid 20s day and it was relatively quiet. The herbaceous border is stunning. If you are a gardener or just like waking in beautiful gardens give it a go.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 January 2023
  • Kait
    42 contributions
    Indoor Gardens were fantastic
    The gardens are in a fantastic spot. Only ten minutes walk from our hotel. The gardens are well set out. Lots of look at and discover. The fountain is fantastic and great to have little signs to read about the history. The edible garden gave us some great ideas. We stopped for coffee before heading to the playground. Not a lot on offer for older children but brilliant for younger children. We loved seeing the wildlife. A highlight for us was the indoor gardens. They are amazing and we were surprised how much there was to see.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 January 2023
  • ChallisPalace
    Glenroy, Australia6 contributions
    An oasis in the middle of a city!
    What a delight to discover the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with large shady trees, interesting plant collections and beautiful conservatories. We took the hop-on-hop-off tour and gained a deeper appreciation of the gardens especially the stories behind significant trees and the importance of the collections from a global perspective. During our wanders, I particularly enjoyed the NZ trees and plants which almost feels like you're in the bush in the middle of the city! Well done to the Curator, the head gardeners and the Friends of Christchurch Botanic Gardens for keeping this wonderful garden looking fantastic!
    Visited December 2022
    Written 9 January 2023
  • Bri
    New Zealand16 contributions
    Incredibly Beautiful Gardens.
    The Botanic Gardens offer a wide range of gardens, from the sweet-smelling and vivid Rose Gardens, to the serene Water Garden. As well as the beautiful plants, the gardens also offer many artistic sculptures, and plenty of areas perfect for picnics. Definitely have a look around if you’re in Christchurch!
    Visited January 2023
    Written 24 January 2023
  • Ron M
    Menasha, Wisconsin395 contributions
    Absolute Must Do!
    This is the most amazing set of botanical gardens that I have ever seen. From giant Sequoias to herbs, from roses to hisbiscus, from cacti to a weather station, this place has everything. And..it is huge! We spent a couple hours just wandering and could easily to it again day after day. It is quiet, clean, extremely well kept and safe. It’s free and easily to walk to from the city center. You must see this.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 26 January 2023
  • C79-Family
    25 contributions
    Beautiful garden
    What a beautiful place. So much history - but hard to keep track of all the different species. We were able to have one of the tenured guides give us a tour which included history of the gardens and the species. Many trees that came from other places. Very interesting. Many flowers were past their prime due to the time of year, but still very enjoyable.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 29 January 2023
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Angela M
7 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 30 November 2023
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Michael C
Derby, UK1,929 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited these gardens in early spring before the floral displays were at their best. However, we enjoyed just walking all round them and relaxing in this peaceful haven.
Written 30 November 2023
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timjstark
Milwaukee, WI687 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 28 November 2023
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Pippa H
London, UK76 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
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!
Written 13 November 2023
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guennie3
Cambridge, UK245 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Lovely gardens to walk around in central Christchurch. The rose garden in bloom was a particularly beautiful place and the scents were amazing. Worth a wander.
Written 7 November 2023
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Rotiman1
Sydney, Australia1,621 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
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
Written 25 October 2023
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patrick t
channel isles45 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 13 October 2023
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Itravel0ne
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia1,906 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Just beautiful. So relaxing to roam around the garden and enjoy the smells of the flowers and fresh air. Even as some of the flowers are yet to
bloom, there are still so many to enjoy.
Written 12 October 2023
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Thomas W
Sarpsborg, Norway348 contributions
Jun 2023
A lot of plants and trees, but the garden will probably be much more beautiful in the spring or summer. In the wintertime - when we visited - there was really not much to see.
Written 26 July 2023
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Caitlin
Orlando, FL12 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
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 :):)
Written 19 July 2023
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