As there is so much to see in the Botanic Gardens you might like to consider taking a tour. There are a number of different options for tours.

Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens tours

Friend's Guided WalkVolunteer guides from the Friends of the Botanic Gardens are offering free guided walks through October 2020.

A fantastic guided tour by knowledgeable and friendly guides showcasing some of our spectacular collections.

Date Theme
Friday 9 October Curators Garden
Saturday 10 October Archery Lawn
Sunday 11 October Gondwana Collection
Monday 12 October New Zealand Gardens
Tuesday 13 October Rock and Crevice Gardens
Wednesday 14 October Armstrong Lawn
Thursday 15 October Curators Garden
Friday 16 October Archery Lawn
Saturday 17 October Gondwana Collection
Sunday 18 October New Zealand Gardens
Monday 19 October Rock and Crevice Gardens
Tuesday 20 October Armstrong Lawn
Wednesday 21 October Curators Garden
Thursday 22 October Archery Lawn
Friday 23 October Gondwana Collection
Saturday 24 October New Zealand Gardens
Sunday 25 October Rock and Crevice Gardens
Monday 26 October Armstrong Lawn
Tuesday 27 October Curators Garden
Wednesday 28 October Archery Lawn
Thursday 29 October Gondwana Collection
Friday 30 October New Zealand Gardens
Saturday 31 October Rock and Crevice Gardens
 Saturday 31 October  Special walk: Mona Vale - 90 minutes



Caterpillar TourBotanic Garden Tours(external link) operate a guided audio tour of the Gardens in electric shuttles. 

Tour times:

  • Summer (October to March): 10am to 3.30pm daily 
  • Winter (April to September): 11am to 3.30pm daily 

For more information or to book, contact Botanic Gardens Tours on (03) 366 7830 or

Meet the shuttle at the museum gates on Rolleston Avenue, or outside the Visitor Centre.

Please note that the caterpillar tours are currently not operating. They are scheduled to reopen in October 2021.

Please contact the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre for more information or to book a tour – phone 03 941 7590 or email

Tour type Duration Cost Description
Limited mobility
1 hour $30 per vehicle Groups of local visitors with limited mobility (e.g. rest home residents) can request driven tours through the gardens. This service is not available during the school holidays.
Community group
1 hour $5 per person, with a minimum of $60 and maximum of $155 per group Groups of local visitors can request guided tours through the Botanic Gardens on a range of topics.
Tourist group
1 hour $350 per group Tourist groups can request guided tours through the Botanic Gardens on a range of topics.