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

November 14, 2019
My daughter and I hopped on the caterpillar yesterday. Mike was a fantastic tour guide and very informative about the gardens and wildlife. I was quite disappointed when the tour was finished. Mike has a wealth of knowledge and a even told a few jokes . I would highly recommend you do this if you are in the area.

mrshole - London, United Kingdom

November 14, 2019
This was excellent. We were greeted by Marion who was delightful and gave us some other places in Christchurch to visit while we waited for our tour. We then boarded the ride with Faye who has a love for the gardens, she was knowledgeable and a story teller with a great sense of humour.

Robert S - Coquitlam, Canada

November 7, 2019
We went on the Caterpillar to view some of the stunning gardens and learn about why some of the plants were chosen for planting. Loved our tour driver who was informative, entertaining and obliging. Highly recommend, esp the tour!

Sassytraveller28 - North Island, New Zealand

October 31, 2019
Yes the gardens are beautiful but the 5-stars are for the caterpillar tour we did with Mike. We learned so much and enjoyed many laughs along the way. Thanks for a gorgeous day.


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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