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

SIX60 Saturdays

SIX60 Saturdays

Pop Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Saturday 6 February 2021

Carrying on the latest summer tour craze SIX60 are playing across Aotearoa over six weekends in January and February 2021! This is set to be another groundbreaking tour for the multi-platinum selling band who recently... More...

Walk 2 D'Feet MND

Walk 2 D'Feet MND

Charity, Fundraisers Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Sunday 24 January 2021

MND New Zealand’s volunteer-led event series, Walk 2 D’Feet MND, is returning to Christchurch. A sponsored fundraising and awareness walk. Register to attend in advance and take advantage of an Early Bird... More...

Lexus Urban Polo 2021

Lexus Urban Polo 2021

Equestrian Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Saturday 20 February 2021

The event of the summer is back! The Lexus Urban Polo returns to the iconic Auckland Domain in March 2021, providing an unforgettable day of sport, music, fashion and food. The Lexus Urban Polo provides a... More...

Immersive scavenger hunt in Christchurch

Immersive scavenger hunt in Christchurch

Games, Carnivals Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Saturday 30 January 2021

Ghosts is an amazing virtual adventure game played out on the streets of your city. Using the Ghosts app on your smartphone, you’ll explore the city play zone to locate and meet dozens of very different ghostly... More...

Rebel Sport Quest Tour Christchurch

Rebel Sport Quest Tour Christchurch

Basketball Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Saturday 20 February 2021

This dynamic basketball discipline, a.k.a streetball, brings the skills of 5-aside basketball outdoors in a fast-paced format that's easy to play. Entry is free and open to players of all ages. It's easy to be part of... More...

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