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Last reviewed: Sun, 13 Apr 2014

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Welcome to the Botanic Gardens

Autumn colour in the Maple Border

In a loop of the Avon River, bordered on three sides by the green expanse of Hagley Park, are the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. 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.

Opening hours and directions

The gates to the Gardens are open every day of the year at 7am and admission is free. From April until September the gates close at 6.30pm.

Map of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens [PDF 1MB]

Our walking guide is the perfect companion for your visit to the Gardens. It features flowering and seasonal highlights, significant trees, art in the Gardens, maps and historical information. 

Armagh Bridge

The Armagh bridge entrance into the Botanic Gardens (via Rolleston Avenue) is currently closed to vehicles due to structural repairs. The bridge is still be accessible for pedestrians and cyclists. It is expected the repairs will take around 24 weeks and the bridge will reopened for vehicle access in October of this year. The Armagh car park is accessible via the Riccarton Avenue entrance - please see the access map here.

Latest news

May 2015

It's been a busy few weeks in the Gardens!

We are delighted to have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2015 from TripAdvisor! This award reflects the consistently positive feedback we receive daily on TripAdvisor from our visitors. Add us to your map! 

The Visitor Centre received an award in the Public Architecture category of the Canterbury Architecture Awards, run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects. Congratulations to our architects, Pattersons.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre
The Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre is open daily from 8.30am - 5pm (except Christmas Day). Staff at the Visitor Centre are happy to provide information on how to make the most of your visit to the Gardens, with seasonal maps showing flowering highlights and other information relating to different parts of the Gardens. For more information about the Visitor Centre please click here.

ilex café is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike and the ideal spot to relax and enjoy a coffee or lunch in beautiful surroundings. ilex is open from 8.30am - 5pm. For café bookings please call 941 5556.

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Media enquiries

For all media enquiries relating to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens please click here.

Contact us

Phone: (03) 941 8999


Authorising Unit: Transport and Greenspace

Last reviewed: Sunday, 13 April 2014

Next review: Sunday, 13 July 2014

Keywords: botanic gardens