Botanic Gardens Tour

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A visit to Christchurch is not complete until you visit the historic Botanic Gardens. Climb aboard one of our all-weather electric vehicles and tour in comfort. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour is an affordable activity for nature enthusiasts of all ages, allowing you to view some of the best examples of native and exotic flora in New Zealand.

Explore Christchurch’s stunning Botanic Gardens. Our tour guides really know their stuff and can answer all sorts of questions. Which trees are best for making bows and arrows? Can corks be made from trees? Do bananas grow in Christchurch?


Leaves entwine and flowers flourish in the steamy tropical heat of the conservatories. Appreciate the outdoor circular Rose Garden containing 150 different varieties. Crush a leaf and smell each herb in the Fragrance Garden. See New Zealand’s only World Peace Bell.

A great family activity any season of the year: enjoy the world-famous Botanic Gardens of Christchurch.

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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What we offer


We are committed to giving you the best experience possible. Whether you are a visitor to Christchurch or a local exploring your hometown sights, our friendly staff will show you the best attractions the city has to offer.


Purchase our combo tickets for great discounts:
Combine TWO attractions and save $5
Combine THREE attractions and save $10
Combine FOUR attractions and save $15
Savings valid for adult tickets

Customer Reviews

February 18, 2020
Had a wonderful tour with our knowledgeable and friendly guide Faye on the caterpillar. It was a cool morning and Faye even provided blankets. She has so much information on the trees, plants and history of Christchurch and the gardens. What a great 50 minute tour!

76sandya - Madison, Wisconsin

February 11, 2020
This is a great way to see the gardens. They drive you around and have a guide giving information about the different trees and flowers which you pass. It adds a great dimension to viewing this beautiful park

Jotum - Knoxville, Tennessee

February 4, 2020
We visited in late summer, and the gardens were still in full bloom. Our guide, David, was excellent—knowledgeable, and thorough. The guided tour took about an hour and was a great orientation and overview of these magnificent gardens.


January 28, 2020
Faye, our guide, was knowledgeable and delightful. The tour was well paced, allowing for a short time of walking through the gardens. We learned a lot about the plants and environs of the garden. Time and money well spent!


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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