Millbrook is the closest garden park to the central city, within walking distance from the CBD. It is adjacent to Hagley Park, on its north-western boundary of the Avon River.

Millbrook Reserve

Millbrook Reserve was once a part of well known Christchurch architect Heathcote Helmore’s estate. It was administered by various garden clubs and trusts for many years before it was handed over to the City Council in the late 1950s.

This peaceful and beautifully landscaped garden features two of the tallest trees in the city (a cedar and a eucalyptus) and a lovely native bush walk. Plantings of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias provide a spring spectacle.

It is a delightful place for a riverside picnic and a popular venue for outdoor weddings and photography.

Millbrook Reserve Wedding Location Map

Terms and conditons

For the ceremony:

  • A maximum of 12 chairs may be used for elderly or less mobile guests. Chairs with wide, flat bottomed tips only can be used.
  • A small portable stereo may be used - no amplified sound or music is allowed.
  • One glass of alcohol (in plastic glasses) may be served to guests for ceremonial toasting.
  • All people (includes photographers) must keep to the pathways and lawn areas and must not stand on or among any of the plant collections.

In keeping with the natural setting:

  • Marquees and other structures (including free standing umbrellas) are not permitted.
  • Items must not be attached to trees, buildings or other fixed structures and no decorations, balloons, rice, petals, birdseed or confetti are allowed.

To ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment:

  • CCC by-laws apply across Millbrook Reserve under all conditions. 


No refunds unless adverse weather conditions prevent your ceremony taking place. Under these circumstances, you must contact our call centre within 24hrs of your booking time. Ph: (03) 941 8999.

A fee of 10% will be charged to cover administration.

Important information

We advise all wedding and civil union ceremony and photo session parties to book alternative back-up wet weather venues.

Please note that as our garden and heritage parks are public spaces, no part may be hired exclusively. Be aware that other non-related activities may be occurring in, or in close proximity to the booked area during your period of use.

Parks staff aim for a high standard within the grounds. However, sometimes there may be maintenance work within or close by the areas booked.

The Christchurch City Council reserves the right to cancel any bookings due to circumstances beyond its control.

Terms and conditions of use, plus map of bookable area [PDF 300KB].