Christchurch & Hanmer Springs Best Attractions

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour

Cruise in Comfort Aboard Our Caterpillar Shuttle

A visit to Christchurch is not complete until you visit the historic Botanic Gardens. Climb aboard one of our all-weather electric vehicles and tour in comfort. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour is an affordable activity for nature enthusiasts of all ages, allowing you to view some of the best examples of native and exotic flora in New Zealand.

Explore one of the world’s most historic Botanic Gardens on the Caterpillar Tour. Our tour guides really know their stuff and can answer all sorts of questions. Which trees are best for making bows and arrows? Can corks be made from trees? Do bananas grow in Christchurch?

Leaves entwine and flowers flourish in the steamy tropical heat of the conservatories. Compare the sub-Antarctic daisies, tough enough to survive wind and sleet. Appreciate the outdoor circular Rose Garden containing 150 different varieties. Crush a leaf and smell each herb in the Blind Garden. See New Zealand’s only World Peace Bell.

You can get on and off the Caterpillar shuttle at various stops throughout the gardens or stay aboard for a full 1 hour guided tour. A great family activity at any season of the year, enjoy the world famous Botanic Gardens of Christchurch.

Caterpillar Gardens Tour Times

Tours begin at 10am (summer only), 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm from the Canterbury Museum entrance to the Botanic Gardens on Rolleston Avenue, and at 10.30am (summer only), 11.30am, 2pm, and 3pm from outside the new Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre. The full circuit, with commentary by our expert tour guide and driver, takes approximately one hour.


Open Hours

We are open 364 days of the year  (closed Christmas Day)

Summer 10am to 3:30pm  (1st October – 31st March)

Winter 11am to 3:30pm  (1st April – 30th September)

What You Need to Know

Our Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour suits all ages. Buy individual tickets or save with a family pass (2 adults & 3 children). A single ticket is valid for two consecutive days.

Each of our Caterpillar shuttles holds up to 20 people, and the shuttles make frequent stops. Our all-weather vehicles are easy to board, requiring one step to get on or off, and have safety handrails. The four electric and solar powered vehicles are also environmentally friendly.

Dress warmly on the day you go exploring, and wear comfortable shoes. For safety reasons, children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Please note that children are classed as being from 5 – 15 years of age.

Book your Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour online today!