Is the event on if the weather is poor?
The event is designed to proceed in all weather conditions. However, the public’s safety is a priority and if the project team believes that weather conditions pose an unacceptable level of risk, the event may be postponed.
Where can we find out if the event is cancelled?
Event cancellation or postponement notices will be issued through our Facebook page and through our radio partner, The Hits Canterbury.
Is there cheap parking available?
Park at Christchurch City Council’s Lichfield Street Car Parking Building and get your first hour free! Plus, you’ll only pay $2.80 for the first hour after that (or part thereof) with a maximum total cost of $3. This rate applies from 5pm to 10am the following day only at Lichfield Street carpark while Botanic D’Lights is on. Check out your other parking options and the standard parking rates here.
Will this cheap deal for Lichfield St carpark be for all central city events in the future?
We are trialling this rate for House of Travel Botanic D’Lights and depending on the outcome of this trial discounted rates may be applied to certain events in the future.
Where do the gold coin donations go?
All proceeds will go to the House of Travel’s charity partner, Nurse Maude Hospice.
Is the event suitable for young children?
This event is suitable for all ages, however please dress appropriately for weather conditions. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and are strongly encouraged to carry a torch to help navigate the trail.
Is the event accessible to people in wheelchairs?
Yes. The route has been designed to be accessible to people in wheelchairs.
What happens to the installations once the event is over?
The installations are often owned by the artists and after the event, most will will pack them out for other festivals. Any temporarily built exhibits are recycled and reused in future festivals. One artwork, River of Words, will be installed at 110 Cashel Street for 6-months after the event, courtesy of Enliven Places at Christchurch City Council. River of Words will be an interactive animation, featuring a flow of words representing the changing nature of the people of Christchurch.
What is the Council doing to make this a ‘sustainable’ event?
We'll be waste sorting at this event and diverting waste away from landfill as part of the Composting Food Packing at Events programme. Merchandise options have been reviewed and only multiple-use items will be available for sale. We have also requested that no items are individually wrapped in plastic. The Council will also minimise technical and backstage waste.
Can I bring my dog?
We love our pets as much as you do, but please leave your dogs at home. Dogs are not permitted in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and may be injured or become highly distressed by crowds if leashed by the entrance. We also strongly encourage you to refrain from bringing your doggo through the Arts Centre section of the trail, due to crowds.
Can I cycle through the trail?
Cycling can be a great way to travel to and from the event, but is not permitted along the event trail.