Botanic Gardens Tour

Cruise in Comfort Aboard Our Electric Shuttle

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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

May 2, 2019
I used to be the person who would save a few dollars and just walk around these sort of places but what I have realised is that you miss out on a lot of information. If you’re just visiting and trying to include a number of sightseeing activities, it’s a great option. Thanks to fabulous Faye our driver who provided an interesting commentary and in about an hour we covered what would maybe take twice as long at least I’m guessing. Visit the cafe and i/site before and/or after-lovely!

Harr1son3 - Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

April 20, 2019
You'll get a different perspective of the flora in New Zealand's second largest city by riding through this botanical garden in a lime-colored open sided shuttle called the Caterpillar. Founded in 1863 with the planting of a single English Oak tree, the gardens have grown to include nearly 75 acres of native species, rare plants and exotic succulents. The driver/narrator has informative and at times, humorous commentary to share. One of the best gardens of this type I have ever visited.

Eddiemack - Pompano Beach, Florida

April 3, 2018
We rode the caterpillar train around the gardens.It takes an hour stopping for a while at the rose gardens.Our guide was very was very informative and it was very enjoyable.

Laraine C - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

March 20, 2018
Only had 3 hours to spare so took a guided tour around the gardens.Our guide Faye was excellent and informative.The tour lasts about an hour and gives you a good overview of how the gardens came about and their history since then.There is also a museum and places to eat.

anyoldtut - Luton, 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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