Botanic Gardens River Walk

There is an extensive network of paths to explore through the Botanic Gardens. This walk is recommended for those wanting a leisurely and scenic stroll from Rolleston Ave to the Armagh Street carpark.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

All parks and tracks are open under alert level 2.  To help keep everyone well, please continue to maintain a 2 metre distance from other people when you’re out and about and please wash your hands before and after using equipment in our parks and gardens.

The following are all open:

  • All parks and gardens
  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • Visitor and information centres
  • Dog parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Boat ramps and wharves
  • Cemeteries

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Avon river flowing through the gardensStart: The entrance next to the Curator's House on Rolleston Ave.

Finish: Armagh Street car parks.

Distance: 1.5km.

Time: 30 minutes one way.

Dogs: Dogs are not permitted in the Botanic Gardens.

Access: Suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

Toilets: Located in several places along the route including the Armagh Street car parks and the Woodland Bridge.


Meet the Avon River behind the Curator's House and follow its waters on a scenic tour through the Botanic Gardens.

This route will pass through the Temperate Asian Collection where beautiful flowers bloom in spring and a number of unusual fruits are showcased in autumn.

Continue along the path closest to the river and enjoy the bright Azalea and Magnolia Garden before coming to the children's play area and the bridge leading to the car park.

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