Located just 2km from Christchurch's CBD, there are many ways to get to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

On foot

The Gardens are conveniently located close to the central city.

They are about a 10 minute walk from Re:Start mall, a 20 minute walk from Riccarton Mall, and a 10 minute walk from the Victoria Street shopping precinct.

By bike

Once you arrive at the Gardens there are bike racks at the three main entrances - in both the Armagh and Riccarton Avenue carparks, as well as near the entrance to the Gardens on Rolleston Avenue.

Bikes are not permitted to be ridden in the grounds, however cyclists are free to roam in neighbouring Hagley Park.

By bus

The closest bus route to the Gardens is via the Yellow Line, which stops along Riccarton Avenue.

Please visit the Metro Christchurch website(external link) for information on bus routes and timetables as they are subject to change.

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There are two large public car parks in the Botanic Gardens, one at the Riccarton Avenue entrance and one at the Armagh Street entrance. You are welcome to park in either of these places for up to 180 minutes free of charge.

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

Disability and access


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 prior to your visit 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.

Limited mobility tours

See the Tours(external link) page for more information.