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

Bryan Adams - Shine A Light tour

Bryan Adams - Shine A Light tour

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

Sunday 17 March 2019

Armed with a career spanning over four decades and a signature brand of feel-good rock’n’roll hits, Bryan Adams is returning to New Zealand with his ‘Shine A Light’ tour - presented by Neptune Entertainment and... More...

A Summer's Day - TOTO, Dragon and Jefferson Starship

A Summer's Day - TOTO, Dragon and Jefferson Starship

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

Sunday 13 January 2019

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Fat Freddy's Drop & Special Guests

Fat Freddy's Drop & Special Guests

Concerts & Gig Guide - Music Festivals Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Saturday 12 January 2019

New Zealand’s best live acts Fat Freddy's Drop, Unknown Mortal Orchestra (US), The Black Seeds and Ladi6 are joined on tour by DJ Norman Jay (MBE), all the way from London, U.K. plus support from Dillastrate. This... More...

Run Red for Children

Run Red for Children

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

Today to Saturday 24 November 2018

Run for Children this November. Save the Children are asking people to Run Red be sponsored as part of a fundraising event called Charlie’s Challenge anytime from now until 27 November. To help children who have had... 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...

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