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Punting on the Avon

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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...more
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2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great experience to do as couples, visitors, families etc, Is very relaxing and informative, but not a cheap experience.

Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We all loved the punting on the Avon. We had John as our guide he was amazing, very happy , funny with just a great personality which really made the experience even better. It was extremely relaxing and even though it was cold we all...More

1  Thank christyshelton
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so lucky to have John working on the river with us at the moment. He is fantastic! We encourage all our staff to bring their personality to work. We hope that no two rides are the same but both are equally as enjoyable....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time and friendly staff. Nice skipper great voice heard everything in front of the boat. It was a little rainy that day but received two blankets and umbrella. Gladly we did not need it. Loved the outfit of all staff.More

1  Thank LydiaT64
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

I am happy that the umbrellas didn't need to be put to task during your ride! When the forecast is for rain, we do our best to ensure that everyone is as warm and dry as they can possibly be on the river. We it...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booked this as part of a combo package with Christchurch attractions and really enjoyed it. It was a warm spring day which made the journey more enjoyable. Staff were friendly. Highly recommend.More

1  Thank LeighK82
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for recommending punting to others in the community! The combo packages that allow you to save on purchasing other tickets for attractions such as the Tramway and Gondola are a great way to save money and they can be used whenever you would...More

Reviewed 22 August 2018

Staff were helpful if somewhat a bit tatty. Their outfits need renewing This was a wonderful experience

Thank ruthwW821ZQ
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. I will consider updating our clothing.. I am glad you enjoyed your experience and hope that you will take a tour with us again!

Reviewed 21 August 2018

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
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for braving the mid winter chill to take a ride on the river with us! Winter temperatures do create a challenge for an outdoor activity and we are very happy that people have been enjoying our effort to provide extra warmth when we...More

Reviewed 18 August 2018

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

1  Thank JohnsonIV
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Many thanks for such a well written and descriptive review! I am very pleased that your experience on the Avon with us was such an enjoyable one. The ducks definitely add a lot of personality to the tours, Herman in particular. We would love to...More

Reviewed 15 August 2018 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

1  Thank jorgmummyrox
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2018

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

Reviewed 15 August 2018 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

1  Thank Rillen B
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2018

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

Reviewed 26 July 2018 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
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2018

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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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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Response from CHCHAttractions | 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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