The Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand's South Island are a relaxing and interesting option for an afternoon. These gardens were founded in 1863, with a size of 21 hectares, crossed by the river Avon, you can take a gondola. Some trees here are more than 120 years old. There are flowers and shrubs. The lush vegetation that inhabit these gardens makes this a perfect place for the habitat of dozens of species of birds typical of New Zealand. Guided tours can be arranged, although it depends on the time of year.