Christchurch Botanic Gardens - Christchurch
Caterpillar Garden Tours provide insightful and fun electric shuttle guided tours throughout the beautiful Botanic Gardens. There are four shuttles with a single fare valid for two consecutive days.
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The Christchurch Botanic Gardens were established in 1863, when an English Oak was planted in the grounds. Around that, has spring a myriad other trees, shrubs, tropical flowers, ponds, ornaments, memorials and horticultural displays that amaze and inspire everyone who sees them. The Avon River winds itself around the edge of the gardens, providing a natural perimeter that separates it from the equally beautiful Hagley Park, and visitors can stroll over the many pretty bridges that cross the numerous paths.
Some of the trees here are over 120 years old, and provide natural, sheltered avenues along which to walk. Each season brings something new to marvel at, with highlights including the flowering orchids in June and July, summer roses and hydrangeas, and the incredible autumn leaf display in April and May.
Self-guided walking tours are available to download from the website, enabling visitors to wander at their leisure and plan the best times to go. The gardens also host special discovery trails for kids (and grown-ups!) that will take them around not just the flora and fauna of the gardens, but also the inspiring artwork installations, with an enthusiastic guide who'll tell you all about the gardens' fascinating history.
Facilities at the Botanic Gardens include an information centre (the perfect place to start your visit), a restaurant, children's play area and paddling pool, a cafe and plenty of parking on Armagh Street.
Earthquake update: Visitors are asked to check the website for regular updates on which attractions/facilities are open during the post-earthquake renovations.
November - February: 7.00am - 9pm / March: 7.00am - 8.30pm
April-September: 7.00am - 6.30pm / October: 7.00am - 8.30pm