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Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram, Gondola...
Ranked #1 of 227 things to do in Christchurch
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Owner description: At the heart of Christchurch's reputation as the Garden City, the Gardens are a place of ever-changing beauty. Showcasing flora and fauna of New Zealand and other parts of the world, the Gardens feature one of the finest collections of exotic and local plants in New Zealand. With more than 1.1 Million visitors each year the Botanic Gardens are one of the Christchurch's most popular and well-loved attractions.
Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

Having traveled extensively throughout the last number of years the south island New Zealand has to be thee most beautiful place that I have ever visited. We began in Christchurch and drove to Dunedin before flying from Queens town to Auckland. On our first day we visited the botanic gardens in Christchurch and this was to set the pace for the rest of our holiday.Still remains one of the great attractions despite everything that has being thrown at them. I am from Ireland and my only regret is the flying time to return, however please God I hope this will be possible in the non too distant future what more can I say only Christchurch Absolutely Excellent.

Visited January 2013
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Hyderabad, India
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“Amazing trees”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

gr8 place to just walk and explore the trees. each tree is beautiful in its own way. specially we went in autumn; so amazing fall colors made it more beautiful.

Visited May 2013
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“Stunning gardens - an absolute must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

We visited Christchurch in February and the botanic gardens were just gorgeous. It was our first full day in New Zealand (sunny, as it was pretty much for 20-odd days straight)) and took our time, strolling round all morning just drinking it all in. I have written a separate TA review of the excellent park-side Curator's House restaurant we lunched at, but the gardens themselves had a real feel of a beautiful park in England, but we are talking about England on it's absolute best day. Bright, sunny and warm, and with gardens managed to perfection. We saw blackbirds, thrushes, chaffinches, green finches, gold finches, sparrows, wood pigeons, mallards etc, as we walked around, which took me slightly by surprise to start with (fresh from Australia with its Lorikeets). The birds were brought over from England by settlers. The plants and trees were both familiar and exotic. The rose garden and Victorian glass house added to a slightly surreal feel of England, while the succulents, cacti and other exotic and indigenous plants (as well as the sun!) reminded you that you were somewhere quite different. There were different zones of the gardens to move through, which kept it interesting, and the water gardens were exquisite. The water is sometimes not clear, but milky because of the clay the pools are lined with (since the earthquake, I believe). It looks quite eerie. A walk around these gardens is an enchanting way to spend a few hours. I wished we could have stayed longer. Canterbury Museum - to one side of the park - was also worth a visit. A charming little museum. The Paua shell house display was particularly interesting.

Visited February 2013
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“Absolutely Gorgeous!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

These gardens are just beautiful....make sure you take the caterpillar tram tour around the gardens...it's informative and a big time saver!

Visited August 2012
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Davidson, North Carolina
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“Wish we had seen Christchurch before the earthquakes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

Our cruise ship docked in Akoroa, NZ as the port near Christchurch is still not functional. But it was a dramatic drive across the volcanically formed Banks Peninsula. Captain James Cook named this peninsula in 1769 and it has not changed much in the centuries since he landed in Ankoroa. Sheep and cattle everywhere on the pristine landscape. The road trip over the headlands was terrific. On the way to Christchurch we stopped at Melton Estate Winery for tastings and lunch. Excellent. (I will try to review this winery in a different TA review.) our tour of of the Botanical Gardens included a " punt boat" ride down the The Avon River which runs through the gardens. Christchurch is called " The Garden City" and this Botanical Garden is the center piece. It is 75 acres of native species, rare plants and exotic succulents. Take the guided tour in one of their open sided shuttle Caterpillars. Then go back and walk the grounds. The adjacent museum was very interesting but we did not have adequate time to tour it. The center of Christchurch is still inaccessible to the general public. It looks like a war zone. The buildings still standing are uninhabitable as their foundations are destroyed. Across the street from the gardens and museum is what must have been a beautiful Victorian building housing an art center/school. It is being repaired but you can see the destruction when on the other side of the street there was no real damage. We sincerely wish we had seen this lovely city before the earth quakes.

Visited March 2013
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