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Last reviewed: Sun, 13 Apr 2014

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Welcome to the Botanic Gardens

Heritage Rose Garden blooms

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 is a place of ever-changing beauty. With more than 1.1 million visitors each year the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are one of the city'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. During the summer months the gates close at 9pm.
Map of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens [PDF 1MB]

The below guide features flowering seasonal highlights, significant trees, art in the Gardens, maps and historical information. The perfect companion for your visit to the Gardens.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens walking guide [PDF 3.93MB]

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre
The Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre is open daily from 8.30am - 5pm (except Christmas Day). Visitor Centre staff are happy to provide information on how to make the most of your visit to the Gardens, with seasonal maps showing flowering highlights as well as walking guides 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 - 7.30pm over the summer months (gates close at 9pm). For café bookings please call 941 5556.

Media enquiries

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

Stay tuned

Keen to keep up with what's blooming in the Gardens? Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Facebook page for regular updates on flowering highlights, events and to learn more about what's happening day-to-day in this wonderful place.

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