The Bandsmen's Memorial Rotunda is a well-known landmark in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

COVID-19 update: The Botanic Gardens is closed

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

We’ve closed all of our Council facilities until further notice, to support the Government’s fight against COVID-19. This includes the Botanic Gardens.

The following are also closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Situated within Harman's Grove overlooking the Primula Garden and surrounded by daffodils, this rotunda was erected to commemorate bandsmen who died in the First World War.

It is one of the few First World War memorials in New Zealand that commemorates a community created by the war itself. 

Designed by S. and A. Luttrell Brothers, one of the leading firms of architects at the time, the Bandsmen's Memorial was officially opened by MP Sir Heaton Rhodes in September 1926. 

A popular venue for a wide range of musical entertainment, from brass bands, pipe bands to string quartets. It is also used for functions such as weddings and is particularly pleasant during springtime, with the flowering of hundreds of thousands of daffodils.

The Rotunda has a Grade II Heritage New Zealand(external link) listing.