Which Christchurch Parks to Visit
Christchurch is not only the largest city in the South Island, but it’s also known for its wealth of beautiful gardens. The city’s array of picture-perfect gardens and parks helped lead it to win an International Garden City Award and giving it the nickname of the “Garden City”. While we don’t all have time to visit all of Christchurch’s 800 parks, we can give you a list of some of the best ones right here in this list of beautiful gardens and parks in Christchurch!
1. Hagley Park
Located in the heart of Christchurch city. Hagley Park is one of the most famous parks of the Garden City playing host to many sporting events, concerts and community events. Combine a visit with the Botanic Gardens (see below).
Location: Rolleston Avenue and Deans Avenue
2. Botanic Gardens
There’s plenty to explore in Christchurch’s 30 hectares of Botanic Gardens. There are several distinct sections to the gardens, including a pinetum, rose garden, water and rock gardens, riverside woodland, herbaceous borders and native trees and plants. Check out the Cuningham House conservatory with some amazing displays of tropical plants. The Botanic Gardens also feature as one of our 10 Christchurch Must-Dos.
Location: Rolleston Avenue
3. Mona Vale
A picturesque English-style garden, Mona Vale is an easy garden to access from the city centre and well worth the visit. The garden once belonged to Annie Townend, who was thought to be the richest woman in New Zealand during her time. See plantings of English and European trees and flowers surrounding a conservatory and homestead.
Location: Dendalton Road
4. Riccarton Bush
See some of the last remaining native forest in the Christchurch area at Riccarton Bush. Enjoy a forest walk among 400-500-year-old kahikatea (white pine) and cabbage trees in this 6.4ha forest. Riccarton Bush is also used for the Saturday farmers’ markets and Sunday artisan markets.
Location: Kahu Road
5. Edmonds Factory Garden
What was once the base of one of New Zealand’s largest bakery brands, is now home to a lush garden with lily ponds, streams, archways and rose gardens. There are plenty of photo opportunities here. There is also a children’s playground in the park adjacent.
Location: Ferry Road
6. The Groynes
A picturesque part of northern Christchurch, The Groynes is a park stretching alongside Otukaikino Creek. The creek provides an important habitat for wildlife, so keep an eye out. Plus, there are dog park facilities.
Location: Johns Road
7. Avebury Park
At the centre of this grand park is a grander homestead built in 1885. The garden was once private to the homestead but is now open to the public. Avebury Park is an English-style garden with an expansive lawn and broadleaf trees. There’s also a children’s playground, paddling pool and seating area.
Location: Evelyn Couzins Avenue
8. Spencer Park
Spencer Park is a coastal bush area beside the beach. It’s a popular place for families, with picnic areas, walks, an animal park, playground, and paddling pool. It’s a good place for mountain bikers too, with a few bike trails, as well as for surfers with a beach break right out front. Check out 7 Top Surf Breaks in Christchurch for more information.
Location: Heyders Road
9. Styx Mill Conservation Reserve
More stunning bush walks and river walks await at the Styx Mill Conservation Reserve. It provides a dose of nature not too far from the city. There’s also a dog exercise park.
Location: Hussey Road
10. Bottle Lake Forest Park
Enjoy the mountain bike trails, walking trails and horse riding trails through the forest of the Bottle Lake Forest Park. The park provides a peaceful pine forest and coastal setting.
Location: Rothesay Road and Waitikiri Drive