House of Travel Botanic D'Lights

Escape your reality this winter at House of Travel Botanic D'Lights 2018!

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Step into a winter wonderland at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and the Arts Centre of Christchurch(external link) with a spectacular light show. Enjoy eye-catching installations and projections, plus live entertainment, during this dazzling five-night display. 

Thanks to House of Travel and Air New Zealand, you could also go into the draw to win return flights for two to Chicago! Find out more and enter here(external link).

Event information

House of Travel Botanic D'Lights will be held on Wednesday 8 August to Sunday 12 August. The event will run between 6 to 9pm each night, with recommended last entry at 8.30pm. 

The event will be held in be both the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and the Arts Centre of Christchurch(external link).

You'll also discover which installations are best for families to play and interact with.

Entry is by gold coin donation with all proceeds to Nurse Maude Hospice.

Getting there

If you're driving, please note that the following road closures will be in place each night of the event, between 4 and 9.30pm:

  • Rolleston Avenue from Cashel Street to 50m north of Worcester Boulevard.
  • Hereford Street from Rolleston Avenue to 20 Hereford Street.
  • Worcester Boulevard from Rolleston Avenue to 20 Worcester Boulevard.

Plan your route ahead of time and expect some delays.

Alternatively, why not take the bus? A range of public transport options can be found at Metro Info(external link).

Parking

We've got a range of parking options available in the central city:

  • Lichfield Street car park: Your first hour of parking is free. After that, your second hour (or part thereof) will be $2.80, capped at $3.00 for however long you park between 5pm and 10am the next morning.
  • Christchurch Art Gallery car park: Your first hour is free.
  • Other free and paid parking options can be found on our CBD parking map.
  • There are a range of mobility parking options available. You can find these on our mobility parking page

Getting around

The event trail is accessible to people of all ages and abilities with wide pathways.  We've also got friendly marshals, security guards and the St Johns team on hand to help if we need them. We recommend downloading our trail map before the event.

Other fun stuff and top tips

  • Warm up with free soup from The Hits(external link) HOT Soup Station (Wednesday night only, limited to the first 500 people) or with hot drinks and tasty street bites from food trucks on Rolleston Ave each night;
  • Merchandise will be on sale at several points along the trail
  • Kids, light up your night with free glow-in-the-dark face painting by The Hits (external link)team (available Thursday to Sunday only).
  • Bring a torch, dress warmly and get ready to make some magical memories!

Dogs

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 distressed by crowds if left leashed by the entrance. We also strongly encourage you to refrain from bringing your dog through the Arts Centre section of the trail, due to crowds.

Thank you

A big thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and partners who have enabled us to put on this fantastic event for Christchurch.

Thank you to: 

FAQs

FAQs for House of Travel Botanic D'Lights

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.

If you'd any other information, please call us on (03) 941 8999 or visit our Facebook page(external link).