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Download a map of the Botanic Gardens [PDF, 2.2 MB] showing all event locations.

Enchanted Garden exhibition

Open daily, 11am to 3pm until 31 January 2019

A riot of larger-than-life flowers and fruit has taken over the former Tea Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens. 

The flamboyant fabric creations of local costume artist Jenny Gillies are on show in the newly reopened Christchurch Botanic Gardens Kiosk Gallery.

  • $10 adults 
  • $5 seniors, students and children five years old and over 
  • No charge for children under five years old
  • $15 family concession (two adults, two children).

For more information, visit www.jennygillies.com(external link)

Agents of Discovery

Friday 21 December to Friday 1 March

This summer, discover the world at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens! Join Agents of Discovery(external link), the not so secret, secret agency dedicated to learning outdoors and solving challenges. Use the clues around you to solve mysteries of nature, culture and technology. 

  • Download the FREE app to your mobile device on the Play(external link) or Apple(external link) Stores, select the Botanic Gardens as the mission you'd like to play and discover a secret world at the Botanic Gardens.
  • Once downloaded, the game can be played offline so you don't need to worry about data or wifi.
  • Runs all summer long from 21 December.

If you have any questions about the game, feel free to message the Botanic Gardens' Facebook(external link) or email GardensEvents@ccc.govt.nz with your query.

READiscover the Gardens

Monday 7 January to Sunday 27 January

Five treasure boxes have been hidden away in the Botanic Gardens, packed full books by beloved Kiwi authors. 

Grab a map from the Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre or download and print one off [PDF, 2.2 MB]. Follow the map to find and unlock the boxes of books by beloved kiwi authors.

In association with Christchurch City Libraries, check off some of your Summer Reading Challenges at the Gardens!

Best suited for 1-12 years but all ages welcome.

Bread and Circus: World Buskers Festival 2019

Thursday 10 January to Sunday 3 February

Leave the ordinary behind and plunge into a world of high end entertainment and newfound experiences for a month long extravaganza.

Deep South Lazy Sundays

Every Sunday between 20 January and 17 February, 3pm to 4.30pm

Put the summer in Sundays with free live music in the Botanic Gardens. Bring a picnic and spend the end of your weekend relaxing on the lawn with live music, good food, and friends.

Friends of the Botanic Gardens' talk

4pm, Sunday 24 February

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present Christchurch City Council Senior Ecologist, Nick Head. 

Nick will talk about the values and challenges he faced while working for the Department of Conservation (DOC) in Canterbury.

  • $5 for Friends' members, $10 general public
  • Botanic Gardens' Tea Kiosk building
  • Refreshments included

Anthony Harper Summer Theatre: King Arthur

Wednesday to Sunday, 27 February to 17 March

Rollicking entertainment presents King Arthur, an epic tale retold with a fresh, diverse and cheeky rendition that will entertain all. 

  • Free
  • Murray Aynsley Lawn (near the Heritage Rose Garden, backing onto the hospital)
  • Wednesday to Friday: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Saturday to Sunday: 2pm to 4pm, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

 Read more information(external link) about the performance.

Friends of the Botanic Gardens talk

4pm, Sunday 17 March

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens proudly present a talk on the Central Rose Garden by Collection Curator Susan Sanders.

Susan will walk attendees over to the Central Rose Garden and share some stories behind the growing and caring of these popular plants.

  • Friends' members $5, general public $10
  • Botanic Gardens Tea Kiosk building
  • Refreshments included

Volunteer

If you are looking for something to do in Christchurch parks, please check out our volunteer programme.