Taste of the Gardens Walk

There is an extensive network of paths to explore through the Botanic Gardens. This recommended walk is perfect for visitors with limited time who want a taste of what the Gardens has to offer.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Rose Garden
 Botanic Gardens entrance, Rolleston Ave, Central City.

Finish: Central Rose Garden, Botanic Gardens.

Distance: 800m.

Time: 15 to 30 minutes one way.

Dogs: Dogs are not permitted in the Botanic Gardens. 

Toilets: Located near the Archery Lawn and at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre in the Gardens.

Access: Suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.


Starting from the Rolleston Ave entrance to the Gardens, turn left immediately and follow the wide path down to the Tudor-style Curators House and back to the Peacock Fountain. You'll enjoy the formal bedding displays in all their glory and the grand specimen trees scattered across the Armstrong Lawn.

From the Peacock Fountain, bear left and make your way over to the start of the herbaceous border, past the prehistoric Monkey Puzzle tree. Reminiscent of an English country garden, the long herbaceous border is a very popular and much photographed feature of the Gardens throughout summer and autumn.

Pass the majestic old trees of the Central Lawn with the Visitor Centre and ilex cafe  to your right and walk through the clipped hedge into the circle of modern roses – a magnificent display from December to February.

There's plenty more to discover if you have the time – the New Zealand Garden, the Water Garden, the Azalea and Magnolia Garden, the fascinating conservatories and much more. If you need to return, be sure to at least call in to the Visitor Centre for a quick look around at the exhibitions as well as the gift shop and cafe.

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