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Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens ChristchurchThe Christchurch Botanic Gardens showcase some of the flora of New Zealand and other parts of the world.

Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English Oak tree, the Gardens now feature one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants found in New Zealand.

Towering majestic trees - many over 120 years old - dominate the Gardens, forming a striking backdrop to the extensive themed plant collections and sweeping lawns.

A loop of the gently-flowing Avon River, criss-crossed by bridges, encloses a large part of the Gardens while the adjacent 164 hectare Hagley Park enhances its natural splendour.
Cabbage Tree.

The Gardens are an oasis in the city of Christchurch - 21 hectares of horticultural displays, several conservatories, memorials, garden art and walking tracks.

The Gardens are open every day of the year at 7am, and admission is free.