Christchurch, South Island

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Explore the best of Christchurch's beautiful Botanic Gardens on the Botanic Gardens Tour!

Powered by an electric shuttle (a cute-looking vehicle) your family will enjoy a 50-minute tour learning and discovering in this central city oasis.

Explore the best of Christchurch's beautiful Botanic Gardens on the Botanic Gardens Tour!

Botanic Gardens Tour

Explore the best of Christchurch's beautiful Botanic Gardens on the Botanic Gardens Tour! Powered by an electric shuttle (a cute-looking vehicle) your family will enjoy a 50-minute tour learning and discovering in this central city oasis – a must-do activity for any nature enthusiast.  See first-hand the finest range of exotic and indigenous plants to be found in New Zealand plus various sculptures and artwork featured throughout the gardens that your tour guide will point out in their live commentary.

Our guides know their stuff. Which trees are best for making bows and arrows? Can corks be made from trees? Do bananas grow in Christchurch? 

Yes, bananas grow this far south, in the immense greenhouse in the gardens, where leaves entwine and flowers flourish in the steamy tropical heat.  Appreciate the outdoor circular Rose Garden. Crush a leaf and smell each herb in the Fragrance Garden.  Find New Zealand’s only World Peace Bell. 

Bring your camera, at any season of the year, and enjoy what we think are the best in the Southern Hemisphere: Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Open:
Every day (closed Christmas Day)
 

Hours:
Summer (1st October - 31st March) 10am to 3.30pm
Winter (1st April - 30th September) 11am to 3.30pm

Tour Times:
Tours begin at 10am (summer only), 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm from the Canterbury Museum entrance of the Botanic Gardens.  Pick-up from outside the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre is also available at 10.30am (summer only), 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm, subject to seat availability.

The full circuit, with commentary by our expert guide and driver, takes about 50 minutes.

Essential information:

  • Our Botanic Gardens Tour suits all ages.
  • You take one step to get on or off, holding on to a handrail.
  • Our electric shuttle stops often.
  • For safety, children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Each of our shuttles seats up 20 people.
  • Dress warmly on the day you go exploring.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
Half-day itinerary

The Botanic Gardens Tour is one of the most absorbing things to do in Christchurch. Join the tour beside the Canterbury Museum. Very close to the Botanic Gardens you’ll find Punting on the Avon. See the City or Hagley Park as you glide romantically down the river, propelled by a punter in Edwardian-style attire. Then visit the Christchurch Gondola and experience the stunning views of the city and surrounds. All these options can be booked as a combo, saving money and time!

Full-day itinerary

Experience Christchurch with us! Board our luxury coach for an interactive and fun guided tour of Christchurch. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation on request. Let us show you the best Christchurch has to offer; beautiful parks and gardens, quaint seaside suburbs and superb views of the city and surrounds. 

Your tour also includes Christchurch’s four premium attractions – Punting on the Avon, Christchurch Gondola, Botanic Gardens Tour and Christchurch Tram. It’s the very best way to enjoy Christchurch at the best price!

Two-day itinerary

On day one experience Christchurch with us! Board our luxury Grand Tour coach for an interactive and fun guided tour of Christchurch. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation on request. Let us show you the best Christchurch has to offer; beautiful parks and gardens, quaint seaside suburbs and superb views of the city and surrounds. 

Your tour also includes Christchurch’s four premium attractions – Punting on the Avon, Christchurch Gondola, Botanic Gardens Tour and Christchurch Tram. It’s the very best way to enjoy Christchurch at the best price!

The next day take the Hanmer Connection shuttle bus to Hanmer Springs. Your 90-minute journey passes through beautiful scenery and you can be delivered to the Hanmer Springs Attractions river base or directly to the town centre. 

Take our free shuttle bus from your Hanmer Springs accommodation to the Hanmer Springs Attractions base at the river, only 15 minutes from the town centre. You'll find adventure and entertainment for everybody! Jet Boat the entire length of the spectacular Waiau River Gorge. Enjoy our relaxed Rafting trip or Canoe trip, both suitable for families.

Bungy jump from the 135 year old Ferry Bridge. Challenge the terrain, with river crossings, dust, dirt and excitement on a Quad Bike. Challenge a friend to Paintball or go Claybird Shooting with a real shotgun. Then return to the town on our free shuttle and bask in the famous hot pools at the end of your day!

Return to Christchurch on the Hanmer Connection or stay longer and do more….

 

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  • Bay of Plenty
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  • Dunedin
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  • Nelson Lakes
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  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
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  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.