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  • 30 minute Gondola "punting" tour
  • Charming handcrafted boats
  • Ride on comfortable velvet cushioned seats
  • Gorgeous Botanic Gardens scenery
  • Friendly and knowledgeable Edwardian guide
  • Easily accessible in central Christchurch

Punting on the Avon River, Christchurch

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Punting on the Avon is one of the most iconic sightseeing attractions in Christchurch operating from the historic Antigua Boat Sheds.

Step aboard a classic punt boat and settle in to watch the world go by as an Edwardian punter glides you expertly down the winding Avon River past some of Christchurch’s most picturesque botanic gardens and some of it’s most cherished landmarks. Each season presents its own unique scenery, in winter the punting experience is made even more magical with glistening snow lining the riverbanks. Warm blankets and hot water bottles are kindly provided in the cooler months to keep passengers extra snugly! Punting on the Avon is a unique sightseeing tour of Christchurch experiencing the Garden City from a new perspective. Meander peacefully under the city’s ornate historic bridges, past the trailing willow trees and the abundant wildlife on the riverbanks. Each corner brings a new idyllic scene – perfect for avid photographers! This Christchurch activity offers a refined, relaxed and romantic experience, riding in comfortable velvet cushioned seats and accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable Edwardian guide.

It is more than just a ride on the river it is the best way to see the sights of the Garden City and is a unique experience you will never forget!

Inclusions

  • 30 minute trip (Please note that all punt rides are shared, maximum 10 pax)
  • Blankets
  • Umbrellas
  • Hot water bottles in winter

Extras

Tram and Garden Combo

  • The Christchurch Tram is a unique, elegant and environmentally friendly way to see the city. Allow us to take you around the ‘must-see’ central attractions - get on and off as you please at any of our seven stops or relax while the tram takes you through the inner city

  • The 1km track takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and encompasses the city sights including New Regent Street, Cathedral Junction, Cathedral Square, Avon River, Art Gallery Centre, Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum and The Botanic Gardens

Highlights

  • Punting in the winter is something truely magical. We will supply you with blankets, umbrella's and even hot water bottles, so you feel snug on our punts

Time

  • This tour operates 365 a year, 7 days a week
  • 1 April - 30 September, 10am - 4pm, every 30 minutes
  • 1 October - 31 March, 9am - 6pm, every 30 minutes
  • Upon completion of your booking, the tour operators details will be provided on the voucher so you can book in your preferred time closer to your date of travel

Location

  • Park Landing Site: Antigua Boat Sheds, 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch

  • City Landing Site: Worcester Bridge, Worcester Street, Opposite Rydges Hotel (Oxford Tce)

What To Bring

  • Warm clothes
  • Comfortable shoes

Additional Information

The Punt

  • Typically, a punt is approximately 21 feet (6 metres) long and 3 feet (1 metre) wide. It should be propelled by means of a pole - about 16 foot (5 metres) long - which is also used to steer the punt

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience.
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
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Ka Fai Wong 5 years ago
The reception is very nice. The driver is very gentle. Almost everything is perfect. The only thing I can think of is about the booking. Despite the fact that I can use the voucher freely from 10:00am-04:00pm on the day I booked my event, I will be better if I can select the time I want to punt in advance to reduce the time customers have to wait for their own boats. In return, the boat company can also charge 1 or 2 dollars more for the change of the booking time!
The reception is very nice
Ka Fai Wong 5 years ago

The reception is very nice. The driver is very gentle. Almost everything is perfect. The only thing I can think of is about the booking. Despite the fact that I can use the voucher freely from 10:00am-04:00pm on the day I booked my event, I will be better if I can select the time I want to punt in advance to reduce the time customers have to wait for their own boats. In return, the boat company can also charge 1 or 2 dollars more for the change of the booking time!

Went on this great tour recently with my boyfriend
Sam Miles 5 years ago

Went on this great tour recently with my boyfriend, we were on a nice NZ getaway adventure and trying to do all of the must do activities. I really enjoyed the traditional feel of this experience, the punters were all dressed excellently which made the experience fun. Even though it was raining when we went down the river it was still a very beautiful and relaxing trip. Only thing is that maybe there could have been a touch more information about the river from the guide, Many other activities like this that I undertook in NZ had lots of information about the surrounding area, I'm a fan of learning as much as I can about where I'm visiting. Our punter was super friendly and we talked about other things instead making it was still a very nice experience. Very relaxing and peaceful, a great idea if you want to just take a break and enjoy Christchurch.

I did this tour pre Earthquake and it was so beautiful and relaxing
Michelle w 5 years ago

I did this tour pre Earthquake and it was so beautiful and relaxing. I do believe that the river was un-affected in the quake and has fully re-opened so I can only imagine it would be the same. A must-do experience if visiting Christchurch I think.

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Jamie Storie Christchurch Attractions

Take a trip on the Avon river with us and experience the quintessentially elegant views of Christchurch.

Punting on the Avon is more than just a ride on the river its the best way to sightsee the beautiful city of Christchurch relax and watch the world go by! Don't worry about the weather, blankets, hot water bottles and umbrellas are supplied
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