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.

Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens tours

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

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

Date Walk theme
Monday 29 November Curator's Garden
Tuesday 1 December Heritage Rose Garden
Wednesday 2 December Heritage Rose Garden
Thursday 3 December Archery Lawn: Notable Trees

Friday 4 December

Armstrong Lawn: Plants and History
Saturday 5 December New Zealand Gardens
Sunday 6 December Curator's Garden
Monday 7 December Temperate Asian Border
Tuesday 8 December The Conservatories
Wednesday 9 December Gondwana Collection
Thursday 10 December Archery Lawn: Notable Trees
Friday 11 December The Conservatories
Saturday 12 December Mona Vale Gardens
Sunday 13 December New Zealand Gardens
Monday 14 December Temperate Asian Border
Tuesday 15 December Cockayne Memorial Garden
Wednesday 16 December Armstrong Lawn: Plants and History
Thursday 17 December General Interest Walk (60-90 min)
Friday 18 December Curator's Garden
Saturday 19 December Cockayne Memorial Garden
Sunday 20 December Gondwana Collection
Monday 21 December New Zealand Gardens
Tuesday 22 December Cockayne Memorial Garden
Wednesday 23 December Archery Lawn: Notable Trees
Thursday 24 December Herbaceous Border
Friday 25 December Christmas Day - no walk
Saturday 26 December General Interest Walk (60-90 min)
Sunday 27 December Herbaceous Border
Monday 28 December The Conservatories
Tuesday 29 December Gondwana Collection
Wednesday 30 December Archery Lawn: Notable Trees
Thursday 31 December General Interest Walk (60-90 min)

Caterpillar TourBotanic 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

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

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

Please contact the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre for more information or to book a tour – phone 03 941 7590 or email

Tour type Duration Cost Description
Limited mobility
1 hour $30 per vehicle Groups of local visitors with limited mobility (e.g. rest home residents) can request driven tours through the gardens. This service is not available during the school holidays.
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.
Tourist group
1 hour $350 per group Tourist groups can request guided tours through the Botanic Gardens on a range of topics.