Get the kids outdoors and have fun at our playground and paddling pool.


The children's playground is near the Armagh Street car park entrance.

A popular playground, it's been entertaining generations of Christchurch children for many years.

Play equipment includes swings, slides, multi-play structures and climbing towers.

There is also a liberty swing available for children with disabilities. To use the swing, please collect the key from the Visitor Centre.

Find more Christchurch playgrounds.


Nature play

The Botanic Gardens is a wonderful place for nature play.

Not only is there a rock wall and logs for climbing near the playground, there are plenty of ways your children can engage with nature around the rest of the grounds.

Find out more about nature play.

Paddling pool

The paddling pool is located at the children's playground and offers a great opportunity to cool off during a summer visit or picnic.

The Botanic Gardens paddling pool, along with the rest of Christchurch's paddling pools(external link), are open from mid November until 31 March.