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Last reviewed: Sun, 13 Apr 2014

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Welcome to the Botanic Gardens

Photo of children amongst falling petals.

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 gates to 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, as has Garrick House. 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 and Gilpin House is currently being outfitted with new plant displays and will be opened in due course. For more information on the conservatories click here.

The Visitor Centre

Designed by Pattersons Associates, the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre is a wonderful destination in the heart of the Garden City. The multi-purpose building, which was opened in April 2014, encompasses a cafe, function space, permanent exhibition and botanically themed 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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Visitor Centre

Upcoming events

For information on upcoming events in the Gardens visit the Events in the Gardens page.

Keep up-to-date with happenings in the Gardens

Keen to keep up with what's blooming in the Gardens? Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Facebook page for regular updates on flowering highlights, events and to learn more about what's happening day-to-day.

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.

Contact us

Phone: (03) 941 8999


Authorising Unit: Transport and Greenspace

Last reviewed: Sunday, 13 April 2014

Next review: Sunday, 13 July 2014

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