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

January 11, 2019
This is a wonderful way to see the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Our guide provided comprehensive information about the different types of trees and areas within the gardens. And, at the half-way point you are able to look through the Rose Garden area and/or the conservatories. This tour provides and excellent overview of the gardens and afterwards one can then visit parts of the garden in their own time. A highly recommended tour.

Catherine B - Christchurch, New Zealand

January 4, 2019
Green electric tram was a great tour. Really informative and enthusiastic guide. I think you’ll really be missing out on some of the context of why and where for most of the gardens without this. You could hop off at two points along the way to get closer. Highly recommended.

LyndenP_13 - Reading, United Kingdom

November 18, 2018
ptyduke Florida 361129 Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile A Worthwhile Activity I joined the tram tour of the CHC Gardens to get an overview of this lush oasis near the CBD. Our guide Diana was very knowledgeable and pleasant. She pointed out the main areas as well as some facts about individual trees and plants.I look forward to returning to take a closer look at parts of the gardens on my return to CHC at the end of my South Island trip.

ptyduke - Florida

October 29, 2018
The gardens are very big & will take some time to walk around. The best way to do the gardens is by the Caterpillar Gardens Tour. It's a small (wheeled) train with a guide. Our guide, Faye was really great, did the tour in "English" and not much of the botanical names that loose you. Definitely recommend, especially on a nice warm sunny day

Christine C - Parramatta, New South Wales, 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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