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Mona Vale

40 Mona Vale Avenue, Fendalton, Christchurch


Mona Vale is a delightful place to relax in peaceful surroundings. Enjoy a garden of mature trees, sloping lawns and herbaceous borders, a large rose garden, irises and a water lily pond. The sheltered setting also showcases a number of impressive buildings of regional historic significance. Mona Vale Homestead is listed with Heritage New Zealand as a Historic Place Category 1 and the Gate House at the Fendalton Road entrance is a Category 2 listed building.

From their beginnings, the gardens at Mona Vale have featured significant plantings of English and European trees, rhododendrons, camellias, conifers and maples.

More recently, magnolias, many Ericaceae, herbaceous perennials and beds of annuals have been added. Mona Vale also features a large iris garden, woodland plantings along the river and colour-themed borders.

In the 1940s, the main rose beds were replaced by the Lily Pond. Mona Vale's current Rose Garden was established in 1994 in conjunction with the International Roseworld Convention. The popular garden features both modern hybrids and heritage roses.

The Iris Garden, near the Bath House, has been a feature of Mona Vale since the 1970s. The extensive collection of flowering irises and associated plants has been amassed since this time through donations by iris enthusiasts and acquisition from offshore.

Down from the Fendalton Road entrance, the driveway alongside the Avon River has a sweeping margin of annual bedding displays. The beds are routinely changed twice a year, in November in anticipation of summer and again in April for spring flowering.

The Gardener

Today, the Gardens are tended by a small dedicated team of Christchurch City Council gardeners.

Garden Size

Historic Mona Vale features 5.5 hectares of established gardens, sweeping landscaped lawns and impressive heritage buildings and structures.


The Homestead is also available for wedding and function hire. For further information please call 03 341 7450 or email gather@monavale.nz

Other Facilities

Close proximity to Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, golf course.


  • Price
    Free entry to the public.
  • Parking
    Free on-site parking is available via the Mona Vale Avenue entrance. The coach park outside the grounds off Mona Vale Avenue is also available for parking.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Yes, the grounds are wheelchair friendly.
  • Dogs allowed?
    In the grounds on a leash.
  • Cafe/Restaurant available?
    Mona Vale Homestead and Pantry: Open daily (except Christmas Day) for meals from 7 am to 5 pm (1 Sept – 30 April) and 9 am – 4 pm (1 May – 30 August).
  • Picnics
    Visitors are welcome to bring picnics.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes but please supervise at all times as we have the river and water features.
  • Toilets?
    Yes, wheelchair accessible.
  • Seating
    Outdoor seating.
  • Accommodation
    Located between the airport and the city, convenient for out of town visitors. Close to many styles of accommodation.
  • Guided Tours
    Groups can be dropped off at the Fendalton Road entrance, wander along beside the river through the gardens, then be picked up by their bus on Mona Vale Avenue or vice versa.


40 Mona Vale Avenue, Fendalton, Christchurch