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.

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

Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens tours

Friend's Guided WalkVolunteer guides from the Friends of the Botanic Gardens are offering free guided walks!

  • 1.30pm daily
  • Meet outside the Kiosk
  • If you have more than five people in your group, please register your attendance with Friendsofthegardens@gmail.com 
  • All Mona Vale Gardens tours are 90 minutes long. Please meet by the Mona Vale lily pond for these tours.
  • Botanic Gardens tours are 45 minutes long unless otherwise stated below.

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

Date Walk theme
Wednesday 17 February Notable trees
Thursday 18 February New Zealand Gardens
Friday 19 February Herbaceous Border
Saturday 20 February Plant Hunters: Trees & their stories
Sunday 21 February Gondwana Collection
Monday 22 February Curator’s Garden
Tuesday 23 February A walk amongst the Palms
Wednesday 24 February Conservatories
Thursday 25 February General interest walk (90 min)
Friday 26 February Herbaceous Border
Saturday 27 February Herbaceous Border
Saturday 27 February Mona Vale Gardens (90 min)
Sunday 28 February New Zealand Gardens
Monday 1 March Armstrong Lawn History Walk
Tuesday 2 March Herbaceous Border
Wednesday 3 March  New Zealand Native Gardens
Thursday 4 March Conservatories
Friday 5 March Gondwana Collection
Saturday 6 March Notable Trees
Sunday 7 March Herbaceous Border
Monday 8 March General Interest Walk (90 min)
Tuesday 9 March Curator's Garden
Wednesday 10 March Temperate Asian Border
Thursday 11 March General Interest Walk (90 min)
Friday 12 to Sunday 14 March

8 x 30 minute walks daily as part of the

Grow Otautahi Flower Festival(external link)

Walks are $2.

Monday 15 March Conservatories
Tuesday 16 March Walk among the Palms
Wednesday 17 March  Going Nuts Over Bark and Cones
Thursday 18 March New Zealand Native Gardens
Friday 19 March Armstrong Lawn: History walk
Saturday 20 March Cockayne Memorial Garden: A hidden gem
Sunday 21 March General Interest Walk (90min)
Monday 22 March Walk among the Palms
Tuesday 23 March Plant Hunters: Trees and their stories
Wednesday 24 March Notable Trees
Thursday 25 March Commemorative Trees
Friday 26 March Gondwana Collection
Saturday 27 March Walk among the Palms
Sunday 28 March Mona Vale (90 min)
Monday 29 March New Zealand Native Gardens
Tuesday 30 March Plant Hunters: Trees and their stories
Wednesday 31 March General Interest Walk (90min)

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

Caterpillar Tour (external link)

Botanic 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 info@christchurchattractions.nz.

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

Please contact the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre for more information or to book a tour – phone 03 941 7590 or email christchurchbotanicgardens@ccc.govt.nz

Tour type Duration Cost Description
Guided walking tour for 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.
Guided walking tour for tourist group
1 hour $350 per group Tourist groups can request guided tours through the Botanic Gardens on a range of topics.

 If one or more members of your group has limited mobility, please contact the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre on 941 7590 or email christchurchbotanicgardens@ccc.govt.nz to discuss accessibility options.