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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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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 6 days ago

Sit back and relax on plush velvet cushions as your Edwardian punter propels you along the Avon River. The journey offers a unique way to see the city’s historic buildings and Botanic Gardens. Avon River Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great way to checkout the river and surrounding parklands. Friendly guides, a nice warm blanket and beautiful scenery. One of the must do things in Christchurch.

Thank David E
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Having just arrived from Tokyo in the PM, we did a 3pm punting trip - which was easily booked when we got a tram ticket - you can do a combo for a discount (like 5 NZD off). We met Doris the 60+ year old...More

Thank John A
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your lovely review and enjoying some time on the river with us! We are very happy that you managed to fend off the jet lag to be able to spend time with us feeding the resident eel and soaking up some of...More

Reviewed 7 May 2017

We really enjoyed this activity. The punter was cheerful and informative. The river was at its best with the autumn colours on full display. Best to do it on a sunny day. The lovely warm blanket they provided was much appreciated. Great fun!More

Thank xtine2015
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Thank you for writing your lovely review! Autumn really is in full swing and there is only a short amount of time before those wonderful colours are gone for another year. We are happy that you managed to experience them before they go. We would...More

Reviewed 3 May 2017

Punting on the Avon was a highlight of our time in Christchurch on a lovely sunny day. A most enjoyable and relaxing half hour or so with the lovely Harry who was very pleasant and also provided information of the surrounding area, near or around...More

Thank CMK69
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

We are very happy that you enjoyed a relaxing half hour on the river with us! Harry is indeed lovely and we are all very happy to have worked with him, as he has now moved to pastures new. Thank you again for your review...More

Reviewed 30 April 2017

It is an attractive little river in a beautiful park setting and what a lovely way to see it gently punting down the waterway. I wasn't overly pleased with the customer service of the man who you checked in with on arrival. Whilst he was...More

Thank kayeliz2016
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad that you enjoyed your experience out on the river but am sorry to hear about your experience checking in for your ride. The staff member you checked in with has spoken to...More

Reviewed 27 April 2017

The crew of staff looked after everyone, the rugs were really appreciated as a cold wind had come up despite the sunshine. Our late afternoon punt was just what we needed, providing a chance to relax, laugh & take great photos. Our US guests loved...More

Thank PauleLec
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Thank you very much for coming punting and writing up a review! We are really happy that you chose to come punting for your Hens party; and that everybody enjoyed themselves out on the river. If you ever have a special occasion to celebrate in...More

Reviewed 23 April 2017

We really enjoyed this. It was a beautiful autumnal day, the river was full of ducks, it was warm without being hot. What could be better than a meander along the lovely Avon River. Our guide was informative and entertaining without being overbearing. We just...More

Thank Jay H
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Thank you kindly for posting a review and coming out on the river with us! With the autumn weather in full swing, we are now getting warm days with wonderful colours changes and contrast throughout the scenery. It is a rather lovely time of year...More

Reviewed 20 April 2017

I made a reservation for a private boat on-line. When we arrived, they had my reservation and we were off! Tommy "punted" us down the Avon through the Botanical Gardens. It was a lovely warm day and Tommy was very charming. Lots of families out...More

Thank CruisenFamily
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Thank you for your review. A private tour is the way to go if you really want to indulge in a bit of decadence. I will pass your lovely comments onto to Tommy who will be very happy to hear he is charming. Many thanks...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

A lovely way to enjoy some of the Avon river through the Botanical Gardens. A wee bit pricey, but very relaxing after walking around the CBD of Christchurch, so worth it.More

Thank campnz
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Thank you for coming Punting with us! After walking around the city centre there can be nothing better than taking the weight off and to indulge by letting someone else do some work for you. Just sit back and relax. Thank you again for coming...More

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Ruju1990
what is the starting point and end point of this ride? if we prebook it now for a perticular day then can we come anytime of that day for ride or we need to come in specific time slot?is end point near tram stop so that we can again hop on and continue with tram?
29 January 2017|
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Response from WelcomeAboardCHCH | 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
Are you allowed to take a bottle of wine on board?
18 January 2017|
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Response from WelcomeAboardCHCH | Property representative |
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
Hi there, what happens if the weather is too bad and we have pre-paid?
20 October 2016|
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Response from WelcomeAboardCHCH | Property representative |
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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