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 is a place of ever-changing beauty. With more than 1.1 million visitors each year the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are one of the city'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 the summer months the gates close at 9pm.
Map of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens [PDF 1MB]
The below guide features flowering seasonal highlights, significant trees, art in the Gardens, maps and historical information. The perfect companion for your visit to the Gardens.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens walking guide [PDF 3.93MB]
The Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre is open daily from 8.30am - 5pm (except Christmas Day). Visitor Centre staff are happy to provide information on how to make the most of your visit to the Gardens, with seasonal maps showing flowering highlights as well as walking guides 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 - 7.30pm over the summer months (gates close at 9pm). For café bookings please call 941 5556.
For all media enquiries relating to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens please click here
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 in this wonderful place.
Phone: (03) 941 8999