Ilex Café & Events


Hours: Open every day from 9 am till 5 pm

Phone: 03-941 5556

We provide delicious, locally-sourced food and drinks in the centre of Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and our four private event places authorize us to deliver special weddings and event experiences in some of NZ’s most charming surroundings.


idden away from the rush of the city, among the 150-year-old Holm Oaks, Ilex remain true to the rich origins and charmer of the breath-taking Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Located at the centre of this world-renowned site, along the banks of the Avon River, Ilex Café and event spaces are planned to addition the nature around us. This is a hidden sanctuary in the heart of Christchurch. Living by the mantra: “From garden to plate, we appreciate,” Ilex food and beverages are a continued respect of the land, with produce grown and sourced locally. Led by renowned chef and restaurateur Jonny Schwass, our top chefs create menus that re?ect the garden countryside, everchanging with the seasons. Our private event spaces vary in their charms, whether your dream is to eat among luscious tropical palms, along the banks of the river, or dance under the glass ceiling vaulting of an stylish patrimony house. From design through to service, we’re heartfelt about creating special weddings and event experiences with effortless attention to detail. Offering full sensory journeys inspired by our vibrant backdrop, Ilex is renowned for delivering some of Christchurch’s most iconic events.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013


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