Christchurch has often been called the 'Garden City' of New Zealand, regarded as one of the most anglicised and 'greenest' cities in the country. This is nowhere more evident than in the city's beloved and famous Botanic Gardens, which were founded in 1863 with the planting of an English Oak tree. These beautiful gardens - the pride and joy of many Christchurch locals - extend to over 164 hectares and lie within an easy walk from the City Centre Motel accommodation.
Your choices for accommodation near the Christchurch Botanic Gardens include:
Christchurch's Botanical Gardens
Whilst the displays of rhododendrons, camelias, azalias, roses, daphne, lavender and hydrangeas at the City Centre Motel are both award-winning and beautiful, it is well-worth walking down to view the plantings at Christchurch's Botanical Gardens whether you are a keen gardener or not.
The Botanic Gardens are free to enter and feature one of the best collections of exotic and native plants in New Zealand. It is a wonderful place to get (temporarily) lost in as you walk through the gardens under the canopies of majestic trees and alongside lovingly and creatively planted flowerbeds. Bridges criss-cross the gently flowing Avon River, along which punts glide and canoes paddle. The gardens also offers tours, a cafe, paddling pools and children's play area.