Timings : 7 AM - 9 PM
Time Required : 3 - 5 hours
Entry Fee : Free
Located at the heart of Christchurch and cementing its reputation as the ‘Garden City’, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens extends over an area of 21 hectares. The Botanic Gardens has a wide array of plants endemic to New Zealand and exotic flora. The Botanic Gardens are home to many gardens within it, such as the Heritage Rose Garden and the Herb Garden, which contain specific species of flora. Large open spaces, with benches overlooking ponds make the Botanical Gardens an ideal picnic spot.
The Botanic Gardens has grown from a single acorn planted in the ground to commemorate the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark, into one of New Zealand’s largest and most diverse botanical complexes. The Gardens also conduct guided tours catering to various needs that offer an in-depth look into the Gardens.
The visitor’s centre of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens allowed visitors to gain a clearer understanding of what goes into the upkeep of gardens. The visitor’s centre also sells plant and gardening-inspired souvenirs and giftware. The visitor’s centre is also the recipient of national architecture awards.