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Last reviewed: Fri, 10 May 2013

Visitor Information

Our aim is to make your visit to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens as enjoyable as we can.

Aerial view of the Botanic Gardens

We have facilities and services that cater for all your needs including places to eat, drink, play or to just relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Take one of our tours around the Gardens, or just follow your nose, whatever the season and whichever way you go there will be plantings and displays to admire.

Opening hours

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens is open all year round.

Gates open at 7am.

Gates closures:

  • From November – February gates close at 9pm
  • For the month of March gates close at 8.30pm
  • From April – September gates close at 6.30pm
  • For the month of October gates close at 8.30pm

Visitor Centre opening hours:

Open daily, 8.30pm–5pm.
The Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre and the conservatory complex are closed on Christmas Day.
ilex cafe in the Visitors Centre is open from 8.30am - 6pm.

There is no charge for entry. Residents of Christchurch pay for the upkeep of the Gardens through a property-based rates system.

Donations are appreciated and can be given through the onsite donation boxes. To enquire about donating to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens please contact the Visitor Centre on 941 7590. All donations go towards operational costs of the Gardens.



The main entrance to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens is on Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch.

Map of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park [PDF 703KB]

You can enter the Gardens through one of four entrances:

  • Armagh footbridge off Rolleston Avenue
  • Rolleston Avenue
  • West bridge off Riccarton Avenue
  • Woodland Bridge off Riccarton Avenue.

Car parks

Public car parks are available at Armagh Street and Rolleston Avenue entrance.

Please note there is a 180 minute parking limit which applies Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm. After hours: Administered by ADT Security.
Daytime, weekends and public holidays: Call the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre between 8.30-5pm on 941-7590 or try the Park Ranger on 027 2103504.

Disability access

There are four disability (sealed) car parks in the Riccarton car park and five gravel car parks in the Armagh car park. Mobility cards must be displayed in vehicles.

There are accessible toilets at the front of the Gardens towards the back of the Museum building and in the Visitor Centre.

Loan mobility scooters and wheelchairs
For those with limited mobility, the Council in conjunction with TSB Bank provide three mobility scooters for use within the Gardens and Hagley Park during Visitor Centre opening hours at no charge. Bookings can be made through the Visitor Centre, phone (03) 941 7590 .

Liberty Swing
A Liberty Swing is located in the play area in the Botanic Gardens. To use the Liberty Swing, collect a key from the Visitor Centre.

Self-guided visits

Design your own route within the Gardens using the map of Christchurch Botanic Gardens. The map highlights the different plant collections and shows the many routes available to visitors with approximate walk times.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens map [PDF 6.6MB]

A walking guide recommends 8 short routes to explore the Gardens and Hagley Park. Use the guide to discover the feature trees, artworks, plant collections as well as learn more about the park's history.

Alternatively, visit the friendly staff at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and collect a map for your visit.



Authorising Unit: Transport and Greenspace

Last reviewed: Friday, 10 May 2013

Next review: Saturday, 10 May 2014

Keywords: vacancies, visitor centre