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 conduct 30 minute guided tours of the Gardens. Tours cost a donation of your choosing, no bookings required. 

Tours depart anytime between 11am and 1pm on the following dates throughout November:

  • Saturday 10
  • Tuesday 13
  • Thursday 15
  • Sunday 18
  • Monday 19
  • Tuesday 20
  • Wednesday 28

Tours showcase the best of the Botanic Gardens including the longest herbaceous border in the Southern Hemisphere, the famous silver fern, the rediscovered wollemi pine, prizewinning roses, a jungle like conservatory, avenues of sequoia, fir, kauri and cedar, and much more.

Alternatively, group tours with the volunteer guides can be arranged at any time. To make an enquiry or book a tour, phone 03 384 3475.  

Botanic Garden Tours

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

Tour times

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

Bookings and enquiries

Botanic Gardens Tour on 03 366 7830 or

Group Tours

Group tours can be organised with the Botanic Gardens Park Ranger. For more information or to book phone (03) 941 8999 or email

Group tours are limited to a maximum of 40 people. The types of tours available include:

Tour Type Duration Cost Description
Limited mobility
1 hour Cost on application Groups of local visitors with limited mobility (e.g. resthome residents) can request driven tours through the gardens. This service is not available during the school holidays.
Community group
1.5 hours $120 per group Groups of local visitors can request tours through the gardens on a range of topics.
Tourist group
1.5 hours $290 per group A limited number of tourist group tours are offered on a first-in-first-served basis.