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 welcome more than 1.1 million visitors each year, making them one of the city's most popular and well-loved attractions.
A place of ever-changing beauty, the Gardens are open every day of the year at 7am and admission is free.
Map of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens [PDF 1MB]
Christchurch Botanic Gardens walking guide [PDF 3.93MB]
Opening of the Conservatories
The latest exciting development in the Gardens is that both the historic Cuningham House and Townend House have been reopened. Garrick and Gilpin Houses are currently being outfitted with new plant displays and will be opened in due course.
Home to impressive - and sometimes rare - plant collections, they are a firm favourite with visitors to the Gardens. The Fern House and Foweraker House are both also open. For more information on the conservatories click here.
The new Visitor Centre
Designed by Pattersons Associates, the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
, which opened in April 2014, is a wonderful destination in the heart of the Garden City.
A multi-purpose building encompassing a cafe, function space, permanent exhibition, gift shop, the centre is also a hub for the operational side of the Gardens, with a working nursery, potting shed, herbarium and reference library.
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For information on upcoming events in the Gardens visit the Events in the Gardens
Earthquake damage at the Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens rode out the earthquakes well. On 22 February 2011 during the fatal 6.3 earthquake many people took refuge in the open spaces in the Botanic Gardens. Grounds, irrigation systems and garden paths were damaged and lakes were drained as impermeable bases were cracked. Staff have worked tirelessly to bring the gardens back to what they were and although several buildings are still damaged the gardens remain as memorable and serene as ever.
Phone: (03) 941 8999
Fax : (03) 941 8267