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Punting on the Avon

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2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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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 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went punting as part of our City Pass. We had a boat all to ourselves so we were able to chat with the punter which was very nice. He gave us some incite into living and teaching in Christchurch. It was a cloudy day...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thought this was going to be nothing special when I booked it but I was wrong. First we called the morning of to book a spot later in the day. When we arrived we greeted and checked in. We had a full punt and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a beautiful time out here on the punting... But an advice to book in advance sometimes u may b disappointed by no spaces available as they get full easilyMore

Thank poojachhadwa
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to write up your review. I totally agree with your statement regarding booking in advance. We really do not like to disappoint people by telling them that there is a wait time for the next ride. While you can just...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was a bit cloudy when we arrived at our appointed time for our punt on the Avon ! But it was not a problem as when we had made ourselves comfortable onboard the punt - a bit of a to do for this older fat...More

Thank Julie H
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for taking a ride out on the Avon with us! There is no graceful way to get in or out of a punt boat. The low floor is deceptively deep and even the most experienced 'puntees' will always have difficulty, especially after the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did the punting on a beautiful day, and it was memorable. It was 30 min but I wish it would be longer than that. Because the surroundings were beautiful, serene, all the birds and ducks having fun all around our boat, you can see...More

Thank Tulanan
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you got a beautiful day to experience your punting tour. The scenery and surrounding views are always lovely but are even more special when the weather is good. Thank you again and please come back to...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

It was lovely to see and experience such an olde worlde attraction. The lovely young gentlemen working here really enjoyed their jobs and were true gentlemen. Our punter was very well informed about the Avon River and Christchurch in general. John serenading our departure with...More

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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your time out on the river with us! We try our best to stay true to the essence of punting and to deliver an experience that is a close representation of how it would have been experienced...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful boat ride. Felt like we had travelled back in time. Though it was windy today it wasn't too cold. They provided a blanket for any cold knees. Views along the wonderful Avon river was green and fantastic. We loved the birdlife!More

1  Thank RichardBejah
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for taking the time to post a review. We are now moving through the cooler months and blankets are almost becoming essential. However, the views are still great, regardless what time of year you choose to go out on a ride. Thank you...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

I had the greatest time with a few friends punting the Avon. The boat guides are remarkable in their endeavour to be true to the traditional English style of punting including stylish costumes. You will feel spoilt riding this lovely river! I highly recommend this...More

Thank 271jasmine
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We really appreciate your kind words and recognition of the Punting's traditional English origins. Please do come back out on the river with us!

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

The four of us joined 4 others already in the boat, which the punter had no trouble gliding us about. The total time was only about 20 minutes (10 minutes roundtrip) but it was quite heavenly. It was so enjoyable on a warm fall day....More

Thank DougS51
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thank you kindly for coming punting with us and posting a review. We have 2 different durations for our rides. 30 minutes for a Shared Tour or 45 minutes for a Private Tour. I do not know why your experience was for 20 minutes only,...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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