Weddings, functions & photography

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens offers a number of spectacular locations to choose from for your wedding or civil union. Make your once-in-a-lifetime moment unforgettable in our stunning setting.

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It is essential that you book your wedding or photo session. Please note that payment must be made at the time of booking. 

Garden ceremonies

Choose from five outdoor garden spaces and enjoy the ambience of a wedding or civil union in our breathtaking natural surrounds.

Acoustic or a small portable music player is acceptable, but please consider other visitors to the Gardens while you are there.

Tables and chairs
While chairs for all your guests are not permitted, twelve chairs for elderly or disabled guests are allowed. A small table for signing the register is also acceptable.

Vehicle access
Vehicle access is not allowed. For elderly or disabled guests, the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre has three mobility scooters and two wheelchairs available for free for up to three hours. They must be pre-booked by calling the Visitor Centre on (03) 941 7590 prior to the day to ensure availability, and must be returned by 4:45pm the same day.

The closest parking to the Visitor Centre is the Armagh Street car park.

Gates open every day 7.00am. Gate closing times change depending on the time of year.

Month Gate closing time
November to February 9:00pm
March 8:30pm
April to September 6:30pm
October 8:30pm

Find out more

We recommend visiting the different locations in the Botanic Gardens before making your booking.

Terms and conditions

Conditions for the use of facilities and or grounds of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens apply to wedding and civil union ceremonies and photos:

  • No vehicles are permitted. Walking access only.
  • No amplified sound or music (unless authorisation is sought and approval given).
  • All ceremonies are limited to six chairs and a small signing table only.
  • No decorations, balloons, rice, birdseed or confetti are allowed.
  • All people (includes photographers) must keep to the pathways and lawn areas and must not stand on or among any of the plant collections.
  • Items must not be attached to trees, buildings or other fixed structures.
  • Marquees and other structures (including free standing umbrellas) are not permitted.
  • No photographs are to be taken in the Conservatories, the Central Rose Garden or other sites in the Gardens which have been booked for other wedding ceremonies.
  • Council by-laws apply across the Botanic Gardens under all conditions.


No refunds unless adverse weather conditions prevent your ceremony taking place. Under these circumstances, you must contact the Visitor Centre Duty Manager within 24hrs of your booking time. Ph: (03) 941 7592 or email

A fee of 10% will be charged to cover administration.

Important information

We advise all wedding and civil union ceremony and photo session parties to book alternative back-up wet weather venues.

Please note that as the Botanic Gardens is a public garden, no part may be hired exclusively. As a site hirer or user, the organiser should be aware that other non-related activities may be occurring in, or in close proximity to the booked area during your period of use.

Botanic Gardens staff aim for a high standard within the grounds. However, sometimes there may be maintenance work within or close by the areas booked.

The Christchurch City Council reserves the right to cancel any bookings due to circumstances beyond its control. In the event of severe weather conditions – particularly high winds, the Gardens may be closed at short notice.

Printable version of the Botanic Gardens map and terms and conditions [PDF 1.5MB].