Christchurch Botanic Gardens is a museum of a living collection with displays and plants that are always changing depend on the season of the year.
Enjoy the amazing collection of Christchurch Botanic Gardens
1. See the stunning view of the Flowering Gardens
Inside the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are numerous flowering gardens separated into several parts, each with their own theme. One of the highlights is the Annual Bedding Displays that give spectacular view especially during spring and summer. Then, for the specific collections, there are the azalea and magnolia garden that flower from mid-October, the Central Rose Garden that was originally established in 1909 and was the largest and finest in Australasia, and the Heritage Rose Garden that was established in the early 1950s and is on its most glorious display between November and December. Apart from those, there are also the Fragrant Garden, a special place to enjoy the feel of the gardens for those with vision impairment, the Water Garden that has wide range of species, varieties, and cultivars, and the Herb Garden, where the herbs are used by the chefs at the Curator's House for their Spanish cuisine.
2. Enjoy the open spaces for a picnic
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens have the perfect spots for you to have a picnic with your loved ones. Feel the breeze as you relax among the ancient trees. One of the favorite spots is the Archery Lawn that was used by the local archery club in the 1880s and has become the perfect sheltered picnic space with the giant sequioa trees. Then, there is the Daffodil Woodland that was previously also known as The Zoo. In 1933, the park curator decided to plant 16.000 bulbs, and in 1943, the number reached 500.000. Now, this spot has been a popular destination during springtime in New Zealand. If you happen to visit during autumn, then the best spot will be the Beswicks's Walk that is filled with lime or linden trees. In autumn, the leaves will change their color to golden-yellow and give you the magical view before they are gently falling and form a golden carpet on the ground.
3. Visit the conservatories
Christchurch Botanic Gardens is the home to New Zealand's only peace bell. The World Peace Bell was gifted by the World Peace Bell Association and was unveiled in 2006. The Peace Bell was a symbol that represents everlasting world peace and a world free from nuclear war, made by coins and medals from around the world and mixed with copper. Before the raised pavilion was constructed in 2006, the site that is used to place the World Peace Bell was blessed by the Ngai Tahu. The bell weighs around 365kg and is inscribed with the English word 'World Peace Bell'. Near to it is the Japanese maples that are the symbol of peace, serenity, and tolerance. The bell was rung during the Canterbury earthquake memorials, in remembrance of victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
How to Get Tickets?
You don't need any tickets to visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. The gardens can be accessed daily from 7 AM to 6.30 PM, but the café and conservatories have different opening hours.
How To Get Around?
To get around, you will have to go by foot. Bikes are not permitted in the gardens, you can park it at the main entrances, or you can roam the neighbouring Hagley Park. For those with limited mobility, there are three mobility scooters that can be used by visitors within the Gardens and Hagley Park during Visitor Centre opening hours at no charge. To book, you can call the visitor centre prior to your visit.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommended dresscode for visiting the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. You might want to consider to wear nice clothes with comfortable shoes for walking and taking photos with the collections inside. As this is an outdoor site, remember to check the weather before you go.
Best Time to Visit
Though the gardens are filled with beautiful collections throughout the year, the favorite time for tourists are during spring and summer season when the flowers are blooming and make an incredible view.
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Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need a guide to go around the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. If you want, you can join the Guided Tour by volunteer guides that will give you an introduction to the Gardens, their history, management, and seasonal highlights for about 1.5 hours. There are also the Botanic Garden Tours, an audio guided tour in electric shuttles. If you are coming in group, you can also arrange your own tour by contacting the Park Ranger.
How To Get There?
The Gardens are located just 2km from the Central Business District. If you are coming by bike, you can park them at the bike racks at the three main entrances. If you are coming by car, the public car parks are located at the Riccarton Avenue entrance and Armagh Street entrance. If you want to go by bus, then take the Yellow Line and stop at the Riccarton Avenue.