The Visitor Centre is an excellent starting point to begin exploring the Gardens. Ask our friendly staff for guidance on seasonal highlights or collect a map.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

The Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre houses a function room, ilex café and a permanent exhibition which tells the story of Christchurch and Canterbury through plants and gardening. Our gift shop sells an array of botanical, garden and nature-inspired giftware and souvenirs. To contact staff in our Visitor Centre or gift shop call (03) 941 7590.

The Visitor Centre is also home to the operational side of the Gardens, with a working nursery, reference library, herbarium and potting sheds.

Take a tour of the Visitor Centre

Events in the Visitor Centre

If you are interested in holding your next function in the Visitor Centre please contact Vbase on (03) 339 3599 and speak to the Business Development Manager.


Since opening in 2014, the building has attracted favourable attention in the world of architecture. Industry awards include an award in the Public Architecture category at the Canterbury Architecture Awards in 2015. The awards are run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects.