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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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

September 18, 2019
The tour is an excellent way to see Christchurch’s beautiful botanical gardens. Faye, our tour guide was excellent, she obviously has a love of nature and the gardens and took great delight in pointing out different trees and plants etc. She also pointed out Jenny Gilles exhibition of beautiful costume designs ‘The Enchanted Garden’ which was brilliant.


May 2, 2019
Harr1son3 Mount Maunganui, New Zealand 4814 Reviewed 2 May 2019 via mobile Relaxing and informative 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, 2018
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

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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