More Monarchs, St James Park and Butterflies


Well, it’s official, I’ve gone mad for Monarchs! This is my last post about the over-wintering monarchs in Christchurch. I’ve had quite a few people tell me they had no idea the monarchs did this and after finding out they have gone to the various parks and taken their own photos. I think that’s just wonderful, as seeing these monarch en-mass like this is so special. They are all around Christchurch, so there is no reason to miss out. I’ve also heard that there are large numbers of Monarchs over-wintering in the Timaru gardens as well.


These photos are from the St James Park which is in Papanui. There are quite a few entrances to the park – I entered the park from St James Avenue by the rose garden. I found the monarchs near the red swings.


The large tree by what looks like a ramp (it’s a slide) is where I found the most monarchs.



It pays to go and see the monarchs on a sunny day – as you will be able to find them much easier and you get the beautiful orange display. If the sun is not shining they don’t have their wings spread and they just look like twigs in the tree.

Right, so what are you waiting for? Go out and find some monarchs! Here’s a Google Map to St James Park

To learn more about Monarch butterflies and their behaviour in New Zealand go to:

4 responses to “More Monarchs, St James Park and Butterflies”

  1. Michelle – thank you so much for posting these beautiful photographs for those of us who are further north and haven’t seen them (or maybe south). The Monarchs are miraculous, aren’t they?

    We would encourage your readers to also post a sighting on so that we can monitor the overwintering sites. If we notice the number of Monarchs go up or down, and can measure this data to the weather/temperatures it will help us see what is happening to the environment and climate change.

    Keep up the great work!

    Jacqui Knight


  2. Michelle, thanks so much for these links! Love you photos too 🙂

    I believe the last link you provided has finally answered my questions as to where these Monarchs originated, plus a bit about their behaviour during the seasonal changes too. I knew they couldn’t fly for weeks non-stop over so much ocean just to get to NZ, so I suspected they had to be imported at one time.

    And as for the maps, etc, I know a few others (even one from Papanui too) who will find these to be very useful too.

    Also many thanks to Jacqui (previous reply) for the additional link you provided too!


    • Your most welcome Robert, glad to see you have learned something new about Monarchs. They are most fascinating and isn’t it amazing that they found their way to New Zealand.


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