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Pets allowed
Yes-restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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In the heart of Christchurch lies expansive Hagley Park. Established in 1855 by government decree, Hagley Park is one of the oldest and largest public spaces in New Zealand. Located in the heart of the South Island's largest city, Hagley Park has been a major attraction in Christchurch for years, especially since the onslaught of earthquakes have destroyed the Christchurch Cathedral and other tourist attractions in the city center.

Included within Hagley Park are the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, a world-class exhibit of flowers and trees from across the world, and the Canterbury Museum, a museum with permanent exhibits of the natural and human history of New Zealand, along with rotating exhibits. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens has a collection of most plants in New Zealand, including those from the North Island and the other outlying islands. The Canterbury Museum was built in the 1870s on the east end of the park. For the most part, the museum and its exhibits were surprisingly spared from the damage of the earthquake, except for a statue of MP William Rolleston that dismounted and face-planted into Rolleston Avenue.

In addition to numerous green spaces and fields, the park has a golf course, tennis courts, model yacht ponds, cricket fields (including an oval with a capacity for 18,000 spectators), and hosts circuses and concerts throughout the year. Parking lots are spread around the park, with the main ones being on the corner of Rolleston and Armagh near the city center and off of Riccarton Avenue near the Riccarton neighborhood. Its location is also conducive to simply walking to the park. Dogs are permitted in most of the park, but are not permitted in the botanical gardens.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Huge park with lots to see and do. Beautiful botanic gardens. Central location in Christchurch.

Cons

Confusing for first-time visitors.

Address

Botanic Gardens Walkway
Christchurch 8011
New Zealand

Features

ADA accessible
Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Bicycling
Potable water
Picnic tables
Tennis
Baseball
Old-growth forest
Playground

Location

Field Guide

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