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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour provided by Christchurch Tramway

Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour

Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour
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About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Explore the tranquil side of Christchurch with a classic boating, or punting, experience on the lovely Avon River. The narrow flat-bottomed boat, designed for small rivers and shallow water, is operated by a punter in period dress who shares information about the sights and history of Christchurch. Traditionally, riders sit on low, cushioned seats, however higher seating can be provided as needed. Blankets, umbrellas and hot water bottles are available so you can snuggle up with loved ones in all seasons. If you wish, book additional Christchurch activities with your 30-minute boat ride (see below). Punting and Botanic GardensTour the 52-acre (21-hectare) Christchurch Botanic Gardens by electric-powered caterpillar bus that allows you to hop on and off at the Rose Garden, Blind Garden, greenhouse and more. Learn from the onboard guide about the extensive collection of native and exotic plants. Punting and GondolaRide the Christchurch Gondola to the Crater Rim of the Port Hills, peering at the views through the cabin’s large windows. At the top, check out an exhibit about the dormant volcano and enjoy the vista over Christchurch, including Lyttelton Harbour and the Southern Alps. Punting, Tram, Gardens and GondolaIncludes all of the above plus a tour through Christchurch's city center aboard the beautifully restored Christchurch Tram. Learn about historic landmarks from the driver, and use your all-day ticket to hop on and off at any of the seven stops including the Art Gallery and Canterbury Museum.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3352PUNTING
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
30-minute Avon River punt ride • Caterpillar Botanic Garden tour (if option selected at time of booking) • Tram Tour of Christchurch (if option selected at time of booking) • Entry/Admission - Punting on the Avon • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
Gratuities • Transport to/from the attractions • Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
30m
Departure details
Punting On The Avon, 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand IMPORTANT: Please note scheduling a booking time is required for Punting on the Avon. Please contact us on 03 366 0337 or info@punting.co.nz to organise a time. Guests who arrive without a booking time may have to wait several hours or may not be able to travel if Punting is fully booked on arrival.
Inclusions
30-minute Avon River punt ride • Caterpillar Botanic Garden tour (if option selected at time of booking) • Tram Tour of Christchurch (if option selected at time of booking) • Entry/Admission - Punting on the Avon • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
Gratuities • Transport to/from the attractions • Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Punting On The Avon, 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand IMPORTANT: Please note scheduling a booking time is required for Punting on the Avon. Please contact us on 03 366 0337 or info@punting.co.nz to organise a time. Guests who arrive without a booking time may have to wait several hours or may not be able to travel if Punting is fully booked on arrival.
Duration
30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
The Punting boats are low in the River therefore you are required to bend down very low
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Punting On The Avon
    2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
    IMPORTANT: Please note scheduling a booking time is required for Punting on the Avon. Please contact us on 03 366 0337 or info@punting.co.nz to organise a time. Guests who arrive without a booking time may have to wait several hours or may not be able to travel if Punting is fully booked on arrival.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Christchurch Botanic Gardens
    Avon River
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    Punting on the Avon
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    Punting on the Avon is an elegant, tranquil way to enjoy the river Avon
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  • You'll end at
    Punting On The Avon
    2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
    IMPORTANT: Please note scheduling a booking time is required for Punting on the Avon. Please contact us on 03 366 0337 or info@punting.co.nz to organise a time. Guests who arrive without a booking time may have to wait several hours or may not be able to travel if Punting is fully booked on arrival.
    See address & details
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Jamie L
Porirua, New Zealand15 contributions
Lovely experience, please add some singing :-)
Jan. 2021
What a lovely experience, that could only be made better with singing punters! We floated down the Avon River without the expected Italian singing from our lovely punter. We had a discussion about this on the boat as we meandered down and everyone agreed that a little song was expected and wanted.

Otherwise we loved the little narration from the punter, the sweet baby ducks along the route and the information that the boats are impossible to turn over. Our punter also gets a special shout out for turning the boat expertly to retrieve my partners hat from the river when the wind blew it into the water.

Summary: lovely experience, expert and kind staffing, and this is my vote to bring on the singing!
Written 24 January 2021
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Lize_cn
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
Enjoyable experience
Dec. 2020
The punting man was friendly and knowledgeable with his commentary. An enjoyable and relaxing experience.
Bring a hat if it is sunny.
Written 11 January 2021
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Cheri
18 contributions
Fantastic Botanic Gardens!
Mar. 2020
We did not do the punting but did greatly enjoy touring the gardens. They are among the nicest gardens I have ever visited with massive trees, a wide diversity of plants, the winding Avon River and enticing paths. The museum on the grounds is also a great natural and cultural history of the area. The Gondola ride is rewarded by breathtaking views from the top as well as panoramic views of Christchurch. You can walk trails down. These venues were highlights of Christchurch along with a tram tour.
Written 23 April 2020
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leroySUk
Aberdeen, UK189 contributions
Fantastic experience
Booked this for the wife's birthday present. The trip starts at antigua boatsheds. Trip is roughly 45 mins up the Avon river and back again. Your punter gives you some background to the local attractions. Beautiful setting and very picturesque. We done the private booking as wanted a romantic thing for the wife and this certainly ticks the boxes for a romantic experience or you can opt for the more communal boat where you share it. Private is the way to go.

The boat is also very comfortable. You can sit and spread out and get punted up the river. Fantastic experience.
Written 2 February 2020
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Kylie B
2 contributions
Punting
Jan. 2020 • Family
Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend. Staff were fantastic and very accommodating. Any time of day would be enjoyable.
Written 17 January 2020
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NerdOwl
Centurion, South Africa5 contributions
Great fun
Dec. 2019 • Friends
We thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing punting on the Avon River. The view of Hagley Park on one side and the Botanical Gardens on the other with the different types of ducks swimming around made it even more enjoyable.
The Botanical Gardens Tour definitely made our trip to the Gardens more enjoyable and meaningful. Our knowledgeable tour guide Mike was very friendly and had us entertained throughout the tour.
We would definitely do both again.
Written 11 December 2019
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k0sm056
Kelowna, Canada835 contributions
nice little river in Christchurch
Nov. 2019
nice little river through the city park. Nice touch to rent or see the boats being punted on the river.
Written 9 December 2019
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advait2017
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
Entertaining!
Dec. 2017 • Couples
It was a short trip but worth it. Keith is very knowledgeable about the Avon river's history and the living things that inhabits it. Impressive,
Written 11 October 2018
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Sue Ganguly
Melbourne, Australia72 contributions
Very relaxing and peaceful but too short!
Jul. 2018 • Solo
Loved the punting experience on the Avon river. It was very informative, peaceful and relaxing. Met some swans on the way which was nice. The boat was cozy and the staff provided us with blankets and hot water bag which was very welcoming in the freezing winter. The staff and punter was very friendly and warm. However, the 30mins experience is too short and you can't have enough of it, wish it was a bit longer.
Written 26 July 2018
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Ramplifers
Waipapakauri, New Zealand39 contributions
Relaxed and Comfortable, unique view of the City
Jul. 2018 • Solo
A hot water bottle and a blanket, comfortable seat, just the thing for a punt in July, brrrr! Our punter was friendly, funny and full of information. It was a really pleasant way to enjoy the river, and see a different view of the City, with people going about their business, and the re-build sites a hive of activity.
Written 17 July 2018
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Not nice experience
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