Hagley Park and the Botanical Gardens
Canterbury Museum beside the Botanical Gardens
Exotic Plants in Cuningham Glasshouse

Hagley Park and the Botanical Gardens

Set centrally within Hagley Park and adjacent to the City centre, the Botanic Gardens are fringed on the eastern side by the Neo-Gothic architecture of Christ's College, Canterbury Museum, and the Arts Centre. The Gardens were begun in 1850 along with the founding of the city of Christchurch.

The Gardens display the iconic Peacock Fountain, recently restored and repainted to its original and striking Edwardian era colours, a mass of exotic and tropical plants set in the inspiring architecture of Cuningham Glasshouse, and a gracious bridge arching over a mass of ducks, leading to a beautiful Band Rotunda. Close by at the Antigua Boat Shed, you can hire paddleboats and kayaks to enjoy the gardens from peaceful setting of the Avon.

The World Peace Bell, one of 21 in the world, was welcomed to the Botanic Gardens in 2005. A children’s pool and playground are a popular family weekend destination. Take a wander and you’ll come across the prim rose circles or the elegant rock garden, there are surprises around every corner.

In spring, Hagley Park is a riot of cherry blossom and daffodils, whilst in autumn mature introduced trees produce a mass of striking colours; in summer a walk through the gardens beside the river in search of an ice cream vendor proves irresistible, as does opportunities to attend free summer evening theatre or jazz, and in winter designated recreational areas buzz with thousands engaged in winter sport (especially on Saturday morning).

Events

As a city regularly engaged in festivals Hagley Park also plays host to popular favourites during the Summertime, such as the World Buskers Festival, the Teddy Bear's Picnic, Classical Sparks and Sunday Bandstand - join the locals and make the most of events which, for the largest events can attract a summer evening following of up to 30-50,000 people.



Featured Hagley Park Events

A Summer's Day - TOTO and Dragon

A Summer's Day - TOTO and Dragon

Concerts & Gig Guide - Rock Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Sunday 13 January 2019

TOTO - The legends behind some of the most iconic songs in history - are set to tour New Zealand early next year. Presented by Neptune Entertainment and The Breeze, the TOTO tour will be the first-ever in what will... More...

UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey

UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey

Concerts & Gig Guide - Reggae Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Wednesday 6 February 2019

The ultimate summer band returns to New Zealand in 2019 with a series of shows to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. That’s right – it’s a UB40TH! ​UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey will play Napier, Waitangi,... More...

Heineken Urban Polo

Heineken Urban Polo

Sports & Outdoors - Equestrian Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Saturday 2 March 2019

The coolest urban sporting & social event The Heineken Urban Polo is coming to Hagley Park* for the second time on Saturday 2nd March 2019! Our 2018 Urban Polo Christchurch event was a sell out so gather your squad... More...

Walk 2 D'Feet MND

Walk 2 D'Feet MND

Festivals & Lifestyle - Family Entertainment Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Sunday 11 November 2018

Walks 2 D’Feet MND will take place all over New Zealand on Sunday, 11 November 2018. These easy, fun walks are a powerful way to show your support for people with motor neurone disease (MND). All Walks 2 D’Feet... More...

Christchurch 10km Series - Park

Christchurch 10km Series - Park

Sports & Outdoors - Fun Runs & Walks Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Sunday 3 February 2019

The Christchurch 10km Walk/Run Series is back for 2019! ​ Choose to compete in one, two, three or all four 10km events through Christchurch. Each event will be set on a different terrain bringing a new challenge to... More...

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