Christchurch Botanic Gardens spans 21 hectares. It opened in 1863 in celebration of the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Visiting these beautiful gardens is one of the many reasons for campervan hire in Christchurch. The gardens are near a section of the Avon River.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens offers visitors many opportunities to explore and learn. See the multiple conservations, filled with a multitude of plants. It is home to a variety of exotic plants as well as native plants.
Explore a variety of gardens. Learn about culinary plants in the Herb garden. See mature New Zealand plants in the native garden, including the Fernery with native ferns.
Guests can experience the Botanic Visitor’s Center, which opened in 2014. The building is an award-winning feature. There is a cafe, an interactive exhibit, and a gift shop. Host get-togethers, conferences, weddings, or special events in the function room.
Art in Christchurch Botanic Gardens
As well as plants, Christchurch Botanic Gardens has permanent art exhibitions and temporary ones. SCAPE installs artwork from international and world-renowned artists. It’s an opportunity for emerging artists to show their work. Permanent exhibits include Flora and Otto, which is donated rubble from the Christchurch Earthquake fashioned into a two-tonne armchair overlooking Daffodil Woodland.
On-site, there is the New Zealand World Peace Bell gifted in 2006 by the World Peace Bell Association. The community rings it on special events and commemorations. The bell is near a grove of Japanese maples.
Family Fun in the Paddling Pool
Children are encouraged to play with supervision on the on-site paddling pool. It is located at the children’s playground and gives kids a chance to cool off during the summer. The paddling pool is open from mid-November until the end of March.
Children can also have the chance to enjoy nature play. Kids can climb on rock walls, hop over logs, and engage with nature all over the grounds of the garden. Be sure to check out the nature play challenge with your kids before you go. Birdwatchers can see many bird species, such as the woodpigeons or cormorant colony in the spring.