Looking for a great family activity? Incorporate a game into your visit with our fun treasure hunts and school holiday trails.

kids hunting in flowerbed

Discovery trails

Every school holidays, there is a fun and interactive discovery trail to explore.

From super powered plants to wicked wildlife, with four different trails each year, there's something for everyone!

Best for children between the ages of four and 10 but all ages are welcome. Trails are self-guided, parent/guardian/caregiver required.

Holidays Trail
7 January to 27 January

READiscover the Gardens

Five treasure boxes full of books from beloved kiwi authors have been hidden around the Botanic Gardens for you to find!

Collect a map from the Visitor Centre to help you find and unlock the treasure boxes and enjoy a quiet read in nature.

13 April to 28 April 

To be confirmed


Seasonal treasure hunts

Explore the Botanic Gardens with our free seasonal treasure hunts.

Download and print the treasure list off before you come to the Gardens:

Each season we have new items for you to hunt and find.

Agents of Discovery

Discover the world at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens! Join Agents of Discovery(external link), the not so secret, secret agency dedicated to learning outdoors and solving challenges.

Use the clues around you to solve mysteries of nature, culture and technology. 

  • Download the free app to your mobile device on the Play store(external link) or App store(external link) and select the Botanic Gardens as the mission you'd like to play.
  • Once downloaded, the game can be played offline so you don't need to worry about needing data or wifi.
  • The current challenges will run summer long and be replaced by a new autumn trail in March.

If you have any questions about the game, feel free to message the Botanic Gardens' Facebook(external link), email GardensEvents@ccc.govt.nz or talk to the friendly Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre staff.