Timaru Botanic Gardens

The Timaru Botanic Gardens is a public botanic garden in Timaru and one of the oldest in New Zealand.

Timaru’s Botanic Gardens offer 19 hectares of lush plants, flowers and woods to explore.

The gardens include a formal rose garden, an aviary, a fern house, a conservatory, band rotunda, and native and threatened plant collections.

The people of Timaru lobbied the Canterbury Provincial Council in 1864 to make a reserve out of unsold land at the south end of Timaru. In 1868 the planting of trees and shrubs began. Majority of the early planting was done by convicts from the Timaru Gaol.

In 2014 the Gardens were recognised as a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.

The gates to the vehicle entrance on Queens Street close at dusk and open 8am. Pedestrian access is open 24 hours.