The Christchurch Botanic Gardens offers a number of spectacular locations to choose from for your wedding or civil union. Make your once-in-a-lifetime moment unforgettable in our stunning setting.
It is essential that you book your wedding or photo session. Please note that payment must be made at the time of booking, find out more about wedding fees.
For Conservatory or Function room bookings, please email Eloise McIntyre at the Good Company at firstname.lastname@example.org
Choose from five outdoor spaces and enjoy the ambience of a wedding or civil union in our breathtaking natural surrounds.
|Azalea and Magnolia garden||Ideal for a spring wedding, this area of lawns, shrubs and trees features magnificent flowering magnolias in September and fiery azaleas in October.||100||Riccarton Avenue car park|
|Cockayne Memorial Garden||Beautiful year-round, this intimate, private and sheltered garden features native plants surrounding a circular lawn.||50||Riccarton Avenue car park|
Drifts of daffodils beneath flowering cherry trees create the ideal backdrop for a romantic spring wedding. In summer, the large trees provide gloriously cool shade.
|100+||Riccarton Avenue car park|
Large conifer trees provide greenery and fragrance year-round at this informal woodland setting.
|100||Riccarton Avenue car park|
|Water Garden Lawn||Mature trees and spring-flowering shrubs provide a natural framing and a special niche for your ceremony.||100||Riccarton Avenue car park|
|Band Rotunda||A great spring location, the raised rotunda looks out over fields of narcissus flowers and the Avon River.||40||Riccarton Avenue car park|
|Conservatories||Townend House is a beautiful location for a ceremony. Photography access to all conservatories is included.
Contact Eloise McIntyre email@example.com for availability.
|100||Riccarton Avenue and Armagh Street car parks|
To maintain the beautiful, natural setting of these locations we ask that you please refrain from using chairs, props, amplified music or decorations such as confetti and petals. Acoustic or a small portable music player is acceptable, but please consider other visitors to the Gardens while you are there.
While chairs for all your guests are not permitted, twelve chairs for elderly or disabled guests are allowed. A small table for signing the register is also acceptable.
It is essential that you book your wedding or photo session. Please note that payment must be made at the time of booking.
Vehicle access is not allowed. For elderly or disabled guests, the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre has three mobility scooters and two wheelchairs available for free for up to three hours. They must be pre-booked by calling the Visitor Centre on (03) 941 7590 prior to the day to ensure availability, and must be returned by 4:45pm the same day.
The closest parking to the Visitor Centre is the Armagh Street car park.
This stunning, light-filled space is the perfect location for your corporate, private, or community event.
If you are interested in booking the Botanic Gardens function room and require more information on prices and availability, please contact:
(external link)Eloise McIntyre
03 941 5559
All year round the Gardens make an idyllic backdrop to capture your wedding memories.
Other beautiful garden settings can be found at Mona Vale and other garden and heritage park locations.
There is no charge for wedding photography at the Botanic Gardens but you must make a booking. For all bookings, please contact us.
Printed confirmation of your booking must be carried by your photographer on the day.
Some areas are off-limits for photographs. These are:
When taking photos, please remember the Botanic Gardens is a public place so the rights of all visitors must be respected. Photo sessions should not obstruct visitors, for example when people move across bridges and along pathways.
Conditions for the use of facilities and/or grounds of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale apply to wedding and civil union ceremonies and photos.
Phone (03) 941 8999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printable version of the Botanic Gardens map and terms and conditions [PDF, 844 KB].