Christchurch & Hanmer Springs Best Attractions

Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour

Cruise in comfort through flora & fauna

A visit to Christchurch is not complete until you visit the Botanical Gardens. Climb on board one of our all weather electric vehicles and cruise in comfort. The Botanic Gardens Tour is an affordable activity for any nature enthusiast.

You can get on and off the Caterpillar to explore one of the world’s most historic Botanic Gardens. Our tour guides really know their stuff. 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. Crush a leaf and smell each herb in the Blind Garden. See New Zealand’s only World Peace Bell.

At any season of the year, enjoy the world famous Botanical Gardens of Christchurch.

Getting There

Tours begin at 10am, 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, 11.30am, 2pm, and 3pm from outside the new Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre.  The full circuit, with commentary by our expert guide and driver, takes 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 3pm  (1st April – 30th September)

What you need to know

Our Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour suits all ages.

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 handrails.

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