Botanic Gardens Tour

Cruise in Comfort Aboard Our Electric Shuttle

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What you need to know

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Approximately 60 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

March 15, 2018
We enjoyed the very informative Caterpillar tour around the gardens. Well worth it to get the insightful information. The guide was awesome (Faye), and she is very knowledgeable, which made for a great tour. Definitely get down early to add your name on the tour time you wanting to go on, we were told we could not book so just headed down to find out that the time we wanted was fully booked. Faye quickly wrote our names down for the next tour which secured our spot. A bit of a mix up there but everything forgotten once we headed off and realised how informative the tour was.

Msandrah Auckland, New Zealand

May 2, 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

March 5, 2018
My wife and I experience this tour and were so impressed by the knowledgable driver who gave a detailed commentary. The entire ride was a wonderful experience.

graham_swift1 Derby, 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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