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  Mona Vale

Address63 Fendalton Road, Fendalton P O Box 8331, Riccarton. Christchurch 8440. Located in the attractive suburb of Fendalton at the north-west tip of Hagley Park, Mona Vale is within easy walking distance of the park, or five minutes drive from the city centre
Privately owned or publicPublic
PhoneGardens - (03) 941 7590 Restaurant - (03) 348 9660
Fax03 941 7582
HoursOpen year round from 7am until one hour before sunset
Garden Size5.5 hectares of gardens and landscaped lawns gently roll down to the Avon River.
PriceFree entry to the public
Brochure Available?Yes, can be posted on request
ParkingFree on-site car parking is available via the Mona Vale Avenue entrance. Coach park outside gardens in Mona Vale Avenue
Food AvailableFully licensed restaurant in the historic Homestead is open every day for morning and afternoon teas, breakfast, brunch and lunch (plus dinner for groups by arrangement)
Cafe/Restaurant available?Yes
SeatingOutdoor seating
PicnicsVisitors are welcome to bring picnics
Wheelchair AccessYes the grounds and the restaurant are wheelchair friendly
Dogs AllowedIn the grounds on a leash
Children AllowedYes but please supervise at all times as we have the river and water features
AccommodationLocated between the airport and the city, convenient for out of town visitors, and also close to all styles of accommodation, from five star hotels to boutique B&Bs and motels
WeddingsThree areas within the gardens can be booked as venues for weddings and wedding photography. For bookings and more information contact (03) 941 8999 or (03) 941 7590 email For fully catered weddings under marquees phone (03) 348 9660
Plant/Other SalesNo
Guided ToursOn request
Function center?Yes
Other FacilitiesFull range of catered events and functions available from the Homestead inside the gardens. Contact (03) 348 9660
Punting on the Avon River. Tickets may be purchased at Mona Vale
Close proximity to Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, golf course


The Garden

In a country of outstanding beauty, Christchurch is nationally recognised as the Garden City and won the Garden City of the World title in 1993. The beautiful Mona Vale gardens - five and a half hectares of gardens and landscaped lawns, gently rolling down to the Avon river - are part of the reason for winning this award.

When Mona Vale was set to be demolished and the gardens subdivided in the 1960s, the people of Christchurch along with Christchurch City Council raised the funds to purchase the land and buildings for the City, ensuring this beautiful asset survived intact.

The Rose Garden was established in 1994 in conjunction with the World Rose Convention. The garden is a mix of modern hybrids and heritage roses.

At the far end of the garden is the restored Fernery. The original Fernery was built at the time of the 1906 Christchurch World Exhibition but fell into disrepair. It was scheduled for demolition but once again a local group came to the rescue with funds for it to be rebuilt. Plantings commenced in 1993 and the reopening was celebrated in 1994.

The Gazebo situated on the Mound Lawn was donated by a Canterbury businesswoman in the 1990s, the gazebo features a copper onion-domed roof with stained glass windows and is modelled on an illustration in the 19th century children’s book, Floria’s Feast by Walter Crane.

The newly restored and reopened Bath House features warm climate exotic plants and a restored fountain.

The Gardener

Today, the Gardens are tended by a small dedicated team of Christchurch City Council gardeners.
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Punting on the Avon
A bride and groom punting on the Avon
Autumn colours.
Gate house at Mona Vale
The rose garden
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