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

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals

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Hagley Park North, Christchurch

Saturday 22 February 2020

The renowned American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben Harper and his band The Innocent Criminals will return to New Zealand in February 2020 for a six-date tour. They're set to play New Plymouth's TSB... More...

A Summer's Day Disco: CANCELLED

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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...

Night Noodle Markets

Night Noodle Markets

Festivals & Lifestyle - Markets and Fairs Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

From Thursday 6 February 2020 to Saturday 15 February 2020

Great news for Asian food-lovers, festival-goers, families, and anyone who wants to drink, dine and soak up the hawker-style atmosphere. Enjoy live entertainment and explore the array of Asian flavours from top-notch... More...

Hagley Park Push

Hagley Park Push

Sports & Outdoors - Skating Events
Hagley Park North, Christchurch

From Wednesday 11 December 2019 to Wednesday 4 March 2020

This is an all inclusive beginner-friendly community skate around Hagley Park every Wednesday. Meet outside Canterbury Museum at 6pm and finish for a burger and a brew at Shaka Bros (Riverside market). All forms... More...

Shoe Clinic Asics 5K Series

Shoe Clinic Asics 5K Series

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

From Tuesday 7 January 2020 to Tuesday 4 February 2020

Taking place at North Hagley Park on Tuesday evenings in January and February, this is one of the most popular and established athletic events in Christchurch. Each evening, there are races for Athletics New Zealand... More...

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