These plans outline how we manage the gardens.

COVID-19 update: The Botanic Gardens is closed

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

We’ve closed all of our Council facilities until further notice, to support the Government’s fight against COVID-19. This includes the Botanic Gardens.

The following are also closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Christchurch Botanic Gardens Spatial Plan 2017

The Spatial Plan [PDF, 14 MB] is an illustration of the Master Plan that was developed with extensive public consultation in 2007. The purpose of the plan is to illustrate how individual components of the master plan could be developed in a cohesive manner.  

Council has approved the spatial plan.

Hagley Park and Botanic Gardens Master Plan 2007

As Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are interrelated, the Master Plan provides a vision and long-term direction both these places. 

The plan includes the goals and objectives we want to achieve and proposes a number of projects. An indicative programme and budget for these projects is given for a ten year span from 2007 to 2017.

Botanic Gardens Management Plan 2007

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens has had a long history of amenity and horticultural development and change, reflecting the interests and values of the various curators and the Christchurch gardening public.

The Management Plan reinforces these values in a comprehensive and organised way, in addition to promoting the strengthening of the scientific functions of the Gardens and reflecting modern botanic garden plant collection and display trends.

Hagley Park Management Plan 2007

The present day Hagley Park is part of the original area set aside as public reserve at the establishment of this city in the mid-nineteenth century. Although some of the original area has since been reallocated to other uses, including for a school, botanic gardens and public hospital, much of it remains today. 

The first Hagley Park Management Plan [PDF, 8.4 MB] was prepared and approved in 1983. It was then reviewed, updated and adopted in 1991. The current version was adopted as the operative plan in 2007.