Botanic Gardens Tour

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What you need to know

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Approximately 50 minutes

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We are open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day)
Summer 10am to 3:30pm (November – March)
Winter 11am to 3:30pm (April – October)

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There is no minimum age but for safety reasons children must be accompanied by a paying adult

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Things to note

Dress warmly on the day you go exploring, and wear comfortable shoes.

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Customer Reviews

September 1, 2018
This was a relaxing and informative ride through Christchurch's very pretty botanic gardens. Our warm, welcoming, and patient guide Gordon kept up an enjoyable stream of information about the individual plants, the broader gardens, and the city itself throughout the 45-minute or so tour. The gardens hold a wealth of pretty trees and plants in general, even during the winter, and there were a few interesting sculptures mixed in. Especially on a cold winter morning, the hot house we visited was a nice stop during the tour, for the temperature break and for the variety from the cold-weather plants.


July 16, 2018
We undertook a tour of the botanical gardens as part of a longer tour involving the Christchurch Museum and a city tra tour. The tour of the gardens was guided on a caterpillar tram that tours most of the gardens. A nice ride through interesting and colourful gardens and well worth doing.

AGEDNOMAD Hermanus, South Africa

April 30, 2018
Faye was a fantastic guide for the tour. She shared such interesting history of where the plants came from, and even which ducks were related. We would not have had such a great experience on our own, particular with children tired of walking. It was a sunny day, that made the experience extra enjoyable.

Tent132011 Sydney, Australia

March 16, 2018
Went on this tour to find our way around the Botanic Gardens. This a guided tour on a tram that takes you round the main collections and hothouses. The driver was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A great few hours.

Jon_Janet Maidenhead, United Kingdom

What You Need to Know

Our Botanic Gardens Tour suits all ages. Buy individual tickets or save with a family pass (2 adults & 3 children).

Each of our shuttles holds up to 20 people, and the shuttles make frequent stops. Our all-weather vehicles are easy to board, requiring one step to get on or off, and have safety handrails. The three electric vehicles are also environmentally friendly.

Dress warmly on the day you go exploring, and wear comfortable shoes. For safety reasons, children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Please note that children are classed as being from 5 – 15 years of age with infants under five years.

Tours begin at 10am (summer only), 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm from the Canterbury Museum entrance to the Botanic Gardens on Rolleston Avenue. Tours are also available at 10.30am (summer only), 11.30am, 2pm, and 3pm from outside the Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre (dependent on seat availability).

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