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Based in the Garden City Christchurch New Zealand, Caterpillar Garden Tours takes visitors on a fully-guided tour embracing the flora, fauna and history of the breath taking Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Rolleston Avenue | Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 800 882 223
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The tour takes about 1 hour in a little car with explanations about the trees and the garden. I am not sure that people at the back hear very well the explanations of the driver so you probably want to sit at the front. Tickets...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Londinium
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ptyduke
Reviewed October 28, 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"...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Christine C
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Faye is very well-spoken, funny and she knows every plant or tree in the gardens. Without her expertise and driving skills, exploring the gardens would be much less entertaining and educational.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JPandDiane
CHCHAttractions, Manager at Botanic Gardens Tour, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Thank you for a great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your time on the Botanic Gardens Tour and we will pass your kind comments on to driver Faye. Thank you for joining us!

Reviewed September 28, 2018

This is the third time I have been on this tour. It is always enjoyable but particularly last Sunday. The driver was very friendly, infomative and knowledgeable about the different plants. Sorry I don’t remember his name

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Judy G
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This was a relaxing and informative ride through Christchurch's very pretty botanic gardens. Our warm, welcoming, and patient guide Gordon kept up an enjoyable stream of information about the individual plants, the broader gardens, and the city itself throughout the 45-minute or so tour. The...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JohnsonIV
CHCHAttractions, Manager at Botanic Gardens Tour, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

We are so pleased you enjoyed your Botanic Gardens Tour with us! The gardeners do a great job of making sure there is always something to see in the Botanic Gardens no matter the season, and the conservatories are definitely well worth a visit. Thank...More

Reviewed July 13, 2018

We undertook a tour of the botanical gardens as part of a longer tour involving the Christchurch Museum and a city tra tour. The tour of the gardens was guided on a caterpillar tram that tours most of the gardens. A nice ride through interesting...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Peter S
CHCHAttractions, Manager at Botanic Gardens Tour, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2018

Thank you for joining us on a Botanic Gardens Tour: we are glad to hear you enjoyed your time on the tour!

Reviewed April 29, 2018

Faye was a fantastic guide for the tour. She shared such interesting history of where the plants came from, and even which ducks were related. We would not have had such a great experience on our own, particular with children tired of walking. It was...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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CHCHAttractions, Manager at Botanic Gardens Tour, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2018

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time on our Botanic Gardens Tour! We will pass on your thanks to Faye for an interesting and informative tour, and we hope you had a great time in Christchurch.

Reviewed March 15, 2018

Went on this tour to find our way around the Botanic Gardens. This a guided tour on a tram that takes you round the main collections and hothouses. The driver was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A great few hours.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Jon_Janet
CHCHAttractions, Front Office Manager at Botanic Gardens Tour, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2018

Thank you for joining us on a Botanic Gardens Tour! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time on board and thank you for taking the time to share your review.

Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the very informative Caterpillar tour around the gardens. Well worth it to get the insightful information. The guide was awesome (Faye), and she is very knowledgeable, which made for a great tour. Definitely get down early to add your name on the tour...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank G8928WMsandrah
CHCHAttractions, Manager at Botanic Gardens Tour, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2018

Thank you for joining our Botanic Gardens Tour! We are glad that you enjoyed the commentary from Faye. We do not usually take bookings for the tours unless they are group bookings (we try to book these as private tours so our public tours are...More

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Nur Maisarah A
April 6, 2018|
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Response from CHCHAttractions | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry. Yes, our Botanic Gardens Tour operates every day except Christmas Day (the tour may also be cancelled in the event of inclement weather). Our tours depart from the Museum entrance to the... More