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Punting on the Avon

2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 0337
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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic...
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Full-Day Round-Trip Tour from Akaroa Wharf
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Come aboard your classic Punt at the historic Antigua Boat Sheds landing. Your Edwardian Punter will guide you quietly past trailing willows, woodlands and leafy banks as you absorb the beauty of Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens. Punting on the beautiful Avon River is an iconic Christchurch attraction not to be missed. Each Punting tour is 30 minutes duration with informative commentary, and you are returned to your point of departure.
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2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful day and nice relaxing ride while we listened to our boat driver give us history of the area, local wildlife and flora. We really enjoyed it. Is it a “must do”, not really but we are glad we did.

Thank Spinner915
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Punting along the Avon is tranquil and informative. If you want to get totally away from city life and noise, do this. Sections of the river pass alongside the Botanic gardens so you can see pleasant views from both perspectives. See separate review of the...More

Thank Landa14
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Did this as part of the sightseeing pass, they were really helpful in sorting the tickets out. Really nice trip down the river, very scenic and the botanic gardens were very pretty to look at from the river. Our guide was really friendly and gave...More

Thank emilie2205
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

day039 of our 6 continent 6month trip around the world we booked this activity on line. there was no option to pick a time of day. call to reserve is this happens to you. Our punter was Jen from France...he was outstanding! Very tranquil and...More

Thank Byron C
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

What an amazing trip you must be on! I am so jealous! Thank you for taking time out of your wonderful tour to sit back and relax for a while on the river with us. In the middle of summer, trees offer a little respite...More

Reviewed 10 January 2018

It was bliss and beautiful being punted down the Avon. Our day was made; as we saw so many lovely Ducks, had lovely Weather and had a nice ‘punter’. Loved it!More

Thank 256ollie
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so glad that you loved your time with us! The ducks that call the Avon home must be some of the luckiest in the world. They receive so much love (and food) from people from all over the planet. Please do come back...More

Reviewed 31 December 2017

We were greeted by a very friendly young Scottish woman receptionist, who clearly explained the various punting options. Our punter was equally friendly, and he went out of his way to ensure that we had an enjoyable experience, explaining the surroundings and the botanical gardens...More

Thank ReillyPas
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for recommending Punting so highly! I will pass on your kind comments to the staff. We really do try our best to ensure that you get the most out of your experience with us and that you take home fond memories of the...More

Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

We visited the punting on the Avon the same day we arrived to Christchurch after almost 2 days of traveltime from Denmark/Europe and it was the absolute right choice of activity to do in order to cope with the jetlag. The employees are all very...More

Thank Ilhami A
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review of your time with us. We are extremely happy that we were able to help you get over the jet lag from such a long trip. Time out amongst the ducks and fresh air is...More

Reviewed 14 December 2017

While perhaps not an activity I would have chosen, Punting on the Avon was included in our Grand Tour package. What a fabulous, relaxing start to the day. The ducklings were adorable, the scenes along the riverside lovely, and even the giddy beginner kayaking school...More

Thank dkc264
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am glad you had a chance to experience punting as part of your Grand Tour. The tour specifically chooses punting as its first attraction, to help ease you in to the schedule of activities...More

Reviewed 7 December 2017

We lucked into a perfect, sunny, 70F day in Christchurch and had a very nice and scenic ride along the Avon. The location from where you depart and return on the boats is around 100 years old and has settled quite a lot and is...More

Thank tkt1961
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

What great luck you must have to be able to experience a punt ride on such a perfect day! We are lucky to be able to operate out of the historical Antigua Boat sheds, which has been operating as a boat shed since it was...More

Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

This was such a relaxing and nice experience. Our punter was entertaining and friendly. When you sign up there was no option to pick a tour time, only a date. Give them a call or show up early to pick your slot. When we arrived...More

Thank Mufflepuff
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for coming out on a punt tour. Punting is very popular with international tour groups, which can sometimes only leave limited availability. You are correct to suggest calling to ensure that we save you seats on the most suitable ride to...More

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Ruju1990
29 January 2017|
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Response from CHCHAttractions | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry. Our Park branch is our main departure point and is located at the Antigua Boatsheds at 2 Cambridge Terrace. This branch is a 5 minute walk from the tram stop opposite the Canterbury Museum. Our... More
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Donna P
18 January 2017|
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Thank you for your enquiry. Officially we cannot endorse alcohol on board the punts as they do travel through a liquor ban zone during the ride. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Kind... More
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scallops4me
20 October 2016|
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Hi there Thank you for your enquiry. Punting on the Avon still operates in most weather: the exceptions to this is when the river floods or when the wind is too strong to safely operate. In both these circumstances you... More
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