As there is so much to see in the Botanic Gardens you might like to consider taking a tour. There are a number of different options for tours.

Please note that the caterpillar tours are currently not operating. They are scheduled to reopen in October 2021.

Friend's Guided WalkVolunteer guides from the Friends of the Botanic Gardens offer free guided walks!

  • 1.30pm daily
  • Meet outside the Kiosk
  • If you have more than five people in your group, please register your attendance with Friendsofthegardens@gmail.com 
  • All Mona Vale Gardens tours are 90 minutes long. Please meet by the Mona Vale lily pond for these tours.
  • Botanic Gardens tours are 45 minutes long unless otherwise stated below.

A fantastic guided tour by knowledgeable and friendly guides showcasing some of our spectacular collections. 

Date Walk theme
Wednesday 24 March Notable Trees
Thursday 25 March Commemorative Trees
Friday 26 March Gondwana Collection
Saturday 27 March Walk among the Palms
Sunday 28 March Mona Vale (90 min)
Monday 29 March New Zealand Native Gardens
Tuesday 30 March Plant Hunters: Trees and their stories
Wednesday 31 March  General Interest Walk (90min)
Thursday 1 April  History Walk: Armstrong Lawn
Friday 2 April  New Zealand Native Gardens
Saturday 3 April  Rock and Crevice Garden
Sunday 4 April  General Interest Walk (90min)
Monday 5 April  Prince of Plants: The Noble Palm
Tuesday 6 April  A Hidden Gem: The Cockayne Garden
Wednesday 7 April  Curator's Garden
Thursday 8 April  Notable Trees
Friday 9 April  Plant Hunters: Trees and their stories
Saturday 10 April  Gondwana Collection
Sunday 11 April  Going nuts over bark & cones
Sunday 11 April  Mona Vale (90 min)
Monday 12 April  New Zealand Native Gardens
Tuesday 13 April  Gondwana Collection
Wednesday 14 April  General Interest Walk (90min)
Thursday 15 April  Commemorative Trees
Friday 16 April  The Conservatories
Saturday 17 April  Biggest, smallest, quirkiest, tallest
Sunday 18 April  Going nuts over bark & cones
Monday 19 April  The Conservatories
Tuesday 20 April  Gondwana Collection
Wednesday 21 April  Curator's Garden
Wednesday 21 April Mona Vale (90 min)
Thursday 22 April  History Walk: Armstrong Lawn
Friday 23 April  Plant Hunters: Trees and their stories
Saturday 24 April  Notable Trees
Saturday 24 April Mona Vale (90 min)
Sunday 25 April  General Interest Walk (90min)
Monday 26 April  Prince of Plants: The noble palm
Tuesday 27 April  A Hidden Gem: The Cockayne Garden
Wednesday 28 April  Biggest, smallest, quirkiest, tallest
Thursday 29 April  Gondwana Collection
Friday 30 April  Notable Trees

Please note that the caterpillar tours are currently not operating. They are scheduled to reopen in October 2021.

Caterpillar Tour (external link)

Botanic Garden Tours(external link) operate a guided audio tour of the Gardens in electric shuttles. 

Tour times:

  • Summer (October to March): 10am to 3.30pm daily 
  • Winter (April to September): 11am to 3.30pm daily 

For more information or to book, contact Botanic Gardens Tours on (03) 366 7830 or info@christchurchattractions.nz.

Meet the shuttle at the museum gates on Rolleston Avenue, or outside the Visitor Centre.

Please contact the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre for more information or to book a tour – phone 03 941 7590 or email christchurchbotanicgardens@ccc.govt.nz

Tour type Duration Cost Description
Guided walking tour for community group
1 hour $5 per person, with a minimum of $60 and maximum of $155 per group Groups of local visitors can request guided tours through the Botanic Gardens on a range of topics.
Guided walking tour for tourist group
1 hour $350 per group Tourist groups can request guided tours through the Botanic Gardens on a range of topics.

 If one or more members of your group has limited mobility, please contact the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre on 941 7590 or email christchurchbotanicgardens@ccc.govt.nz to discuss accessibility options.