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Punting on the Avon

2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 0337
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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 yesterday

We came along on a cold mid winters morning, and jumped aboard the boat, they gave us a hot water bottle and blanket to keep warm which was a nice touch. we navigated up the waterway, with a very friendly and knowledgeable guide who provided...More

Thank Craig M
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We did this as part of a tour so I do not know about the individual price, but it was a thoroughly relaxing and fun experience. We had a friendly, funny, informative guide/punter, who kept us entertained during the smooth ride but also gave us...More

Thank JohnsonIV
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had such a relaxing trip this morning. Before we left chch. I was worried it might be to cold but wasn't at all actually with the hottys and blankets quite the opposite. I also wasn't certain how my young kids 3&1 would handle it...More

Thank jorgmummyrox
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking time to write up a review for others to see. I am glad you appreciated the blankets and the hot water bottles. I often say to customers that they are warmer out on the river than not. We have been lucky...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The weather was so beautiful the day i went punting. You’ve never been to CHC if punting was not in your to-do-list.More

Thank Rillen B
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you very much for coming out on a punt ride with us. I am very happy that you believe Punting is a must do activity in Christchurch. We believe it is a unique experience that is extremely well suited for the culture of Christchurch....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good family activity on a hot day! Also a good arm work out. Would definitely recommend doing with a bunch of friends!!More

Thank Watchmerateyou
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Many thanks for your review! Just for the benefit of potential customers, I believe that you may be posting a review of your experience on a self-hire boat from next door to our business in the Antigua Boat Sheds. Please be assured that Punting is...More

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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed a family day outing the other day which included going punting. This was something we had never done before and always wanted to do. The day was perfect, and not too cold even though it's the middle of winter. The staff were...More

Thank Keryn611
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are extremely happy that you enjoyed your time out on the Avon with us! With some of this warmer weather we have had over winter we are looking forward to an early spring and all the wonderful colours that the gardens will bring. In...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Very relaxing gorgeous boat ride along the river. You get to see lots of the beautiful botanic gardens. The staff working there are all really friendly and funny

Thank barefootlouise
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

We really appreciate you taking time to review our attraction. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your time out with us and appreciated the service. Please do come out on the river with us again some day!

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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

This was a fantastic activity before my flight home. Reasonably priced and value for money. For a short while you forget that you are in a city that has experienced much tragedy.More

Thank Cathy V
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Many thanks for taking a ride with us on the Avon. The experience of punting through the inner city park and Botanic Gardens does take you far away from the hustle of the city and the current transitional rebuilding period that Christchurch is currently going...More

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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

Nice view of the trees and sailing beside the resident ducks. Punter are young and gives good information during the tour.

Thank Bryaan L
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

Thank you for our review. It is nice that we have so many young crew who are genuinely interested in the Avon and the surrounding park and gardens. Thank you for spending time on the river with us!.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

We love Punting On The Avon it was a high light for us visiting Christchurch. The young guys that we running the Punting were very professional and knowledgeable also well dressed for the job. We all got pure wool blankets to keep toasty while making...More

Thank Ash_Joelz
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

What a lovely review, thank you! I will pass on your thanks to the rest of the crew. Many thanks again and please do come visit us again if you are ever in Christchurch.

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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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