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 2022.

Volunteer guides from the Friends of the Botanic Gardens offer free guided walks at the Botanic Gardens between October and April, and throughout the year on request. Seasonal walks at Mona Vale are offered throughout the year.

Guided walks:

  • 1.30pm.
  • Meet outside the Kiosk for Botanic Gardens walks and by the Rose Garden car park at Mona Vale.
  • Botanic Gardens tours are 45-60 minutes long unless otherwise stated and all Mona Vale tours are 90 minutes.
  • If you have any queries, or would like to arrange a special interest tour for a group, please contact or phone Pat Whitman on 03 384 3475. Local groups are $5 per person, international groups are $10 per person.

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

Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale walks

Date Theme
Friday 18 November Curious Conifers: Pinetum Walk
Saturday 19 November Heritage Rose Garden
Sunday 20 November Heritage Rose Garden
Monday 21 November New Zealand Native Gardens
Tuesday 22 November General interest walk (90 minutes)
Wednesday 23 November Curator's House Potager Garden
Thursday 24 November Cockayne Garden: A hidden gem
Friday 25 November Prince of Plants: The noble palm
Saturday 26 November General interest walk (90 minutes)
Mona Vale Gardens Walk (90 minutes)
Sunday 27 November Gondwana Collection
Monday 28 November New Zealand Native Gardens
Tuesday 29 November Our Herbaceous Border
Wednesday 30 November Curator's House Potager Garden
Thursday 1 December Heritage Rose Garden
Friday 2 December General Interest Walk (90 minutes)
Saturday 3 December Curator’s House Potager Garden
Sunday 4 December Notable Trees
Monday 5 December Biggest, smallest, quirkiest, tallest…
Tuesday 6 December Notable Trees
Wednesday 7 December Curious Conifers – Pinetum Walk
Thursday 8 December Notable Trees
Friday 9 December Notable Trees
Saturday 10 December General Interest Walk (90 minutes)
Mona Vale Gardens Walk (90 minutes)
Sunday 11 December Our Herbaceous Border
Monday 12 December Curator’s House Potager Garden
Tuesday 13 December General Interest Walk (90 minutes)
Wednesday 14 December New Zealand Native Gardens
Thursday 15 December Gondwana Collection
Friday 16 December Our Herbaceous Border
Saturday 17 December General Interest Walk (90 minutes)
Sunday 18 December Curious Conifers – Pinetum Walk
Monday 19 December Our Herbaceous Border
Tuesday 20 December General Interest Walk (90 minutes)
Wednesday 21 December New Zealand Native Gardens 
Thursday 22 December Conservatories
Friday 23 December General Interest Walk (90 minutes)
Saturday 24 December New Zealand Native Gardens
Sunday 25 December No walk scheduled - Christmas Day
Monday 26 December General Interest Walk (90 minutes)
Tuesday 27 December General Interest Walk (90 minutes)
Wednesday 28 December General Interest Walk (90 minutes)
Thursday 29 December Love of Trees 101
Friday 30 December Plant Hunters - Trees and their Stories
Saturday 31 December New Zealand Native Gardens
Mona Vale Gardens Walk (90 minutes)

Caterpillar Tour (external link)

Botanic Garden Tours(external link) operate a guided audio tour of the Gardens in all-weather 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 near the Peacock Fountain at the Rolleston Avenue end of the Gardens - look out for the purple flag.

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
Guided walking tour for community group
1 hour Free 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 $10 per person 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 to discuss accessibility options.