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

UB40 ft. Ali Campbell & Astro

UB40 ft. Ali Campbell & Astro

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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 ft. Ali Campbell & Astro will play this very special... More...

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...

Electric Avenue

Electric Avenue

Festivals & Lifestyle - Festivals Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Saturday 23 February 2019

The country's most eclectic Summer festival returns in 2019 with a world-class line-up featuring more than 26 acts from New Zealand and across the globe. With 12-hours of continuous festival fun across 3-stages the 2019... More...

Great Kiwi Beer Festival

Great Kiwi Beer Festival

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

Saturday 26 January 2019

The names and faces behind some of the country’s leading craft beer labels collect in Christchurch’s Hagley Park this January 2019. Join us as more than 40 craft brewers and 35+ street food vendors take over... 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...

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