A Photo a Day of Christchurch New Zealand

Monarchs in Woodham Park


This is Woodham Park which is on Woodham Road. It is home to Monarch Butterflies that are ‘wintering’ over in large numbers. It is a stunning sight and I encourage you to go and see them. It’s one of most special things I have seen in a long time.


The monarchs group together in large clumps. They looked particularly striking amongst the yellow foliage.


So beautiful!


So if you want to find the monarchs, go to Woodham Park on Woodham Road and look for the large yellow tree shown in the picture below (its at the back of the park near the playground).


I also visited Abberley Park and St James Park today – and they both have amazing collections of butterflies.


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Michelle is a Christchurch web designer and photography fan living in Christchurch New Zealand.


  1. Rosemarie Penno on May 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Awesome sight. The yellow tree is a Ginkgo.

    • Michelle on May 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks sis!

  2. paul on May 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I have never seen anything like that (except on pictures from Mexico). Great find, Michelle. Let us know what happens when the leaves have fallen…

    • Michelle on May 25, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      From what I’ve read, they hang around all winter and then these will be the first monarch to breed again in the Spring. Amazing really.

  3. Vicki Parker on May 25, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for tip – we found it today. Absolutely fascinating. 🙂

    • Michelle on May 25, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Aren’t they wonderful! This seems to be one of the best kept secrets in Christchurch (well maybe not anymore!)…

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