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One of the very first things the founders of Christchurch did was set aside the land for a large public park right on the edge of what was designated to be the city's centre. Named Hagley Park after the English home of Lord Lyttleton, the chairman of the Canterbury Association (the English company that supported the establishment of the British colony here in the South Island). 500 acres were set aside for the people of Christchurch to use and enjoy in perpetuity - and use and enjoy it they do. The broad acres of grassy lawns, multiple playing fields and sporting amenities, shady paths, lakes and stands of beautiful trees are a favourite place for people of all ages.
The Botanic Gardens are within the boundaries of Hagley Park - mostly confined by the course the Avon River takes through the park - and have set opening hours. The rest of the park is open all the time, though wheelchair access is limited to gates that close an hour before sunset.
With all the mature European trees that have been planted here, it's paricularly beautiful in autumn ( that's April/May here in the Southern Hemisphere) when the leaves are turning. I'm assured springtime is gorgeous too. Whatever the season - a walk through Hagley Park is something most visitors to Christchurch will do at some time during their stay.
Address: Riccarton Avenue
Directions: West of the Cultural Precinct
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