Welcome to the Botanic Gardens
In a loop of the Avon River, bordered on three sides by the green expanse of Hagley Park, are the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. At the heart of Christchurch’s reputation as the Garden City, the Gardens are a place of ever-changing beauty. Showcasing flora and fauna of New Zealand and other parts of the world, the Gardens feature one of the finest collections of exotic and local plants in New Zealand. With more than 1.1 million visitors each year the Botanic Gardens are one of the Christchurch's most popular and well-loved attractions.
Opening hours and directions
The gates to the Gardens are open every day of the year at 7am and admission is free. During March the gates close at 8.30pm.
Map of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens [PDF 1MB]
Our walking guide is the perfect companion for your visit to the Gardens. It features flowering and seasonal highlights, significant trees, art in the Gardens, maps and historical information.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens walking guide [PDF 3.93MB]
The Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre is open daily from 8.30am - 5pm (except Christmas Day). Staff at the Visitor Centre are happy to provide information on how to make the most of your visit to the Gardens, with seasonal maps showing flowering highlights and other information relating to different parts of the Gardens. For more information about the Visitor Centre please click here
ilex café is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike and the ideal spot to relax and enjoy a coffee or lunch in beautiful surroundings. ilex is open from 8.30am - 6pm over the summer months (gates close at 9pm). For café bookings please call 941 5556.
Connect with us
For all media enquiries relating to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens please click here
Phone: (03) 941 8999