Garden sights in Christchurch
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The Botanic Gardens comprise 30 riverside hectares planted with 10,000-plus specimens of indigenous and introduced plants. There are conservatories and thematic gardens to explore, lawns to sprawl on, and a cafe at the Botanic Gardens visitors centre. Get the kids active in the playground adjacent to the cafe. Guided walks ($10) depart daily at 1.30pm (September to April) from the Canterbury Museum, or you can ride around the gardens in the electric Caterpillar train. Tickets are valid for two days and include a commentary.