Christchurch is fondly known as the City of Gardens due to its vast green oasis that includes parks, forests, native wetlands and some outstanding gardens. For the adventure seekers, there are lots of challenging activities while seekers of tranquillity will also find solace in these areas.
1. Botanic Gardens
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a true jewel for the city as it features some of the finest exotic New Zealand flora. The Peacock Fountain is a great place to click photos and selfies while the Curator’s House is a restaurant offering fresh produce in its enticing menu.
What was formerly a sheep farm 45 years ago is a Garden of National Significance today as stated by the New Zealand Garden Trust. This garden changes as per the seasons so it is a real pleasure to visit it at any time of the year. It is located in North Canterbury, an hour’s drive from Christchurch and can be visited with a prior appointment.
3. Victoria Park
Take a car rental Christchurch and head to the Port Hills for a park with an unforgettable view. Victoria Park is a short drive from the hillside suburb of Cashmere and offers a visual treat of the Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps and the coast. This is a wonderful picnic spot for families and for short bush walks.
4. The Giant’s House
The oversized mosaic sculptures have probably given this artistic garden its unique name in Akaroa. There are many pleasant surprises along the trail of the park, such as a giant piano, steel sculptures, huge wall mosaics, vegetable, rose and citrus gardens and beautiful terraced gardens.
5. The Iris Garden
Flower enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to this garden as it is home to some of the best irises, flowering shrubs, peony roses, camellias and an iris nursery with a wide variety. It is open from mid-October to November and visitors can also buy the famous Devonshire tea during the iris season.
6. Mona Vale
Famously known for its rose garden, rolling lawns and a lily pond, Mona Vale is a true pleasure for nature lovers. For some peace and calm, you can sit beside the Wairarapa stream and soak in the natural beauty around.
In a car rental from Christchurch, you can drive from Governors Bay to Teddington for a visit to this garden. It is open from September to April and is designed in the form of beautiful verdant rooms for a unique appeal. You will find amazing vistas and surprises along the garden all only at a fee of $ 15. It is totally worth the visit.
The city of gardens has so much to offer that you will have a hard time trying to make it to them all, but there will always be parks and gardens left to visit in Christchurch!