Come and spend some time in Christchurch's tranquil inner-city sanctuary. It's a beautiful place for a stroll and we've got plenty of spots for a summer picnic under the trees.

COVID-19 update: The Botanic Gardens are open

The Botanic Gardens and buildings are within the Gardens are open under alert level 2. To help keep everyone well, please continue to maintain a 2 metre distance from other people when you’re out and about and wash your hands before and after using equipment in our gardens.

The following are now open:

  • All parks and gardens
  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • Visitor and information centres
  • Dog parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Boat ramps and wharves
  • Cemeteries

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Design your own walking route to explore the Gardens using the Christchurch Botanic Gardens map [PDF, 2.2 MB].

Check the interactive walking map for various walks within Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens.

Use our comprehensive walking guide [PDF, 3.8 MB], which provides eight short routes to explore the Gardens and Hagley Park.


There are many collections of exotic and native plant species that make up our beautiful grounds.

From magnificent old trees and the spectacular Central Rose Garden to our own New Zealand Gardens offering a unique taste of New Zealand's natural heritage.

For more information on some of our collections take a look at our plants and gardens


The Botanic Gardens has seven seasons to reflect the different stages of flowering throughout the year.

Each season a map is produced to provide a detailed guide of the seasonal highlights. Visit the friendly staff at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and collect a seasonal map for your visit.

Or you can download the brochures here:
Spring brochure [PDF, 6.8 MB]

You can also look at our online seasonal highlights map(external link) or what's in bloom guide.

We also offer seasonal activities for the family to enjoy. Keep an eye on our events page for upcoming discovery trails, on every school holidays.


Another way to experience the Botanic Gardens is by downloading an app. You’ll find us on STQRY(external link)  –  available for download on Google Play(external link) or the Apple App Store(external link).