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  Christchurch Botanic Gardens

AddressRolleston Avenue, central Christchurch. Fifteen minutes easy walk west from Cathedral Square, or catch a tram from the city centre.
Privately owned or publicPublic
Phone64 (03) 941 7590
Fax64 (03) 941 7582
Contact PersonLynda Burns
HoursNov.-Feb. 7am to 9pm, Mar.and Oct. 7am to 8.30,April-Sep. 7am to 6.30pm
Garden Size21 hectares (51 acres) of botanic gardens and park surrounded by the Avon River
PriceFree entry
Brochure Available?Yes, can be posted on request
ParkingTwo free off-street car parks
ToiletsYes. Wheelchair accessible
Food AvailableMeals, ice-creams, drinks, snacks.Curator's House Restaurant and Botanical Gardens cafe inside gardens. Also cafes at nearby Museum and Arts Centre
Cafe/Restaurant available?Yes
SeatingOutdoor seating
PicnicsVisitors are welcome to bring picnics
Wheelchair AccessYes.
Dogs AllowedNo.
Children AllowedYes. Children's playground and fully fenced swimming pool but please supervise at all times.
AccommodationLocated between the airport and the city, convenient for out-of-town visitors, also close to all styles of accomodation, from five-star hotels to boutique B&Bs and motels
WeddingsFive 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
Plant/Other SalesYes. Plants, gifts, postcards, stamps and free maps of the Gardens are available at the Visitor Information Centre
Guided ToursYes.Walking tours of the gardens daily at 1.30pm mid-September to mid-May. Group bookings phone (03) 384 3475. The Caterpillar electric shuttle tours the gardens every 30 minutes from 10.00am-4.00pm
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesVisitor Information Centre
Close proximity Christchurch Cultural precinct which includes Art Gallery, Museum and Arts Centre.
Punting and canoeing on River Avon from nearby Antigua Boatsheds
Adjacent to Ellerslie Flower Show in March every year.


The Garden

Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English oak tree, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens feature one of New Zealand's finest collections of exotic and native plants.

The gardens are extensive and contain many collections of plants. Modern and heritage rose gardens, a large conservatory complex, a New Zealand plant garden, herbaceous and dahlia borders, a potager and herb garden are some of the features to visit here, surrounded by mature trees in spacious lawn settings.

Visit at any time of the year. There will always be something to see.

The Gardener

Today the gardens are tended by a dedicated team of Christchurch City Council gardeners.
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Autumn in the gardens
Autumn maple foliage
Bandsmen's Memorial Rotunda
Botanic gardens, summer.
Herbaceous border sundial.
Peacock Fountain
Echinacea purpurea, herbaceous border.
Orchid. Gilpin House conservatory.
Tuberous begonia. Townend house.
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