Botanic Gardens River Walk

There is an extensive network of paths to explore through the Botanic Gardens. This walk is recommended for those wanting a leisurely and scenic stroll from Rolleston Ave to the Armagh Street carpark.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Avon river flowing through the gardensStart: The entrance next to the Curator's House on Rolleston Ave.

Finish: Armagh Street car parks.

Distance: 1.5km.

Time: 30 minutes one way.

Dogs: Dogs are not permitted in the Botanic Gardens.

Access: Suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

Toilets: Located in several places along the route including the Armagh Street car parks and the Woodland Bridge.


Meet the Avon River behind the Curator's House and follow its waters on a scenic tour through the Botanic Gardens.

This route will pass through the Temperate Asian Collection where beautiful flowers bloom in spring and a number of unusual fruits are showcased in autumn.

Continue along the path closest to the river and enjoy the bright Azalea and Magnolia Garden before coming to the children's play area and the bridge leading to the car park.

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