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

2019 South Island Wine & Food Festival

2019 South Island Wine & Food Festival

Festivals & Lifestyle - Food, Gourmet, Wine Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Saturday 7 December 2019

The South Island Wine & Food Festival is the South Island’s favourite wine and food event. Over 40 wineries from across the five South Island Wine regions will be presenting their wines, with top local chefs plating up... More...

A Summer's Day Disco

A Summer's Day Disco

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

Sunday 12 January 2020

After this Summer’s rip-roaring success, A Summer’s Day Disco returns in 2020 with a sensational line-up featuring some of the most iconic names and sounds in the history of music. KC and the Sunshine Band; Earth... More...

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals

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

Saturday 22 February 2020

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals will return to New Zealand early next year for a five-date tour. The renowned American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and his band, will play TSB Bowl of Brooklands... More...

Parkrun - 5km Timed Run

Parkrun - 5km Timed Run

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

Saturday 16 November 2019

What is Hagley parkrun? It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock. Where is it? The event takes place in North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013. See Course page for more details:... More...

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