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 2022.

Volunteer guides from the Friends of the Botanic Gardens offer free guided walks at the Botanic Gardens between October and April, and throughout the year on request. Seasonal walks at Mona Vale are offered throughout the year.

Guided walks:

  • 1.30pm.
  • Meet outside the Kiosk for Botanic Gardens walks and by the Rose Garden car park at Mona Vale.
  • Botanic Gardens tours are 45-60 minutes long unless otherwise stated and all Mona Vale tours are 90 minutes.
  • If you have any queries, or would like to arrange a special interest tour for a group, please contact friendsofthegardens@gmail.com or phone Pat Whitman on 03 384 3475. Local groups are $5 per person, international groups are $10 per person.

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

Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale walks

Date Theme
Saturday 24 September Mona Vale (90 minutes)
Saturday 1 October General interest walk (90 minutes)
Saturday 1 October Mona Vale (90 minutes)
Sunday 2 October Notable Trees
Monday 3 October General interest walk (90 minutes)
Tuesday 4 October New Zealand Native Garden
Wednesday 5 October General interest walk (90 minutes)
Thursday 6 October Gondwana Collection
Friday 7 October Curator’s House Potager Garden
Saturday 8 October Cockayne Garden: A Hidden Gem
Sunday 9 October Notable Trees
Monday 10 October General interest walk (90 minutes)
Tuesday 11 October Biggest, smallest, quirkiest, tallest
Wednesday 12 October New Zealand Native Garden
Thursday 13 October General interest walk (90 minutes)
Friday 14 October Curious Conifers: Pinetum Walk
Saturday 15 October General interest walk (90 minutes)
Sunday 16 October General interest walk (90 minutes)
Monday 17 October Prince of Plants: The Noble Palm
Tuesday 18 October New Zealand Native Garden
Wednesday 19 October Notable Trees
Thursday 20 October Cockayne Garden – a hidden gem
Friday 21 October Gondwana Collection
Saturday 22 October Plant Hunters: Trees & their Stories
Sunday 23 October General interest walk (90 minutes)
Monday 24 October Conservatories
Tuesday 25 October General interest walk (90 minutes)
Wednesday 26 October Gondwana Collection
Thursday 27 October General interest walk (90 minutes)
Friday 28 October Curator’s House Potager Garden
Saturday 29 October New Zealand Native Garden
Saturday 29 October Mona Vale (90 minutes)
Sunday 30 October Notable Trees
Monday 31 October History Walk: Armstrong Lawn

Please note that the caterpillar tours are currently not operating. They are scheduled to reopen in October 2022.

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 Free 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 $10 per person 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.