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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 1 week ago

With the plants and trees blossoming, punting on the Avon is again a visual delight. I think that on a warm weather day, this activity, unique to Christchurch, is a must do.

Thank HaljoHal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time punting on the Avon! Our punter was super-enthusiastic about the city and the parks, and his stories really made the trip come to life. It was beautiful when we visited in early spring - I can't imagine how lovely it...More

Thank bakery
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for coming out on a Punt ride with us. Spring is really starting to come into full swing and the gardens are erupting into a symphony of colours. While the warm weather does make summer a great time to punt, spring...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our trip on the Avon river and we're lucky with the weather although it did rain for 5 minutes if that but we had blankets to keep us warm and everyone was wrapped up warm. It was really enjoyable and the journey was...More

Thank ScotsguyKiwigirl
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review and share your experience with others. It is the time of year when we may experience the odd shower but luckily these are becoming increasingly rare and waterproof blankets do go a long way to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had perfect weather for a relaxing punt on the Avon in Christchurch and the commentary by our Scottish punter guide (Louie) made it even more enjoyable. Brought back memories of punting on the River Cam (Cambridge UK). The photos taken and the presentation pack...More

Thank FrankJosephV
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you kindly for coming out on the Avon with us and writing a review! To even compare Punting on the Avon with punting on the Cam is high praise indeed and we really appreciate the comparison. We are very happy that we could live...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had to walk 800m from our hotel Ibis hereford to reach th venue. I had to make prior booking to reserve the time one day ahead. Once there we right away embarked our private punt tour. The 45mins was a bliss. Calm and clean...More

Thank Athikumanan
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for enjoying some time on the river with us! The private punt tour is the way to go if you feel like pampering yourself and indulging in something extra special. The ducks are always hungry and very appreciative of any food that is...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017

The punting boats are for 6 or 8 people; not the single couple shown in some of the material. So forget the romance. If the punting guide is good, you'll learn about the earthquake recovery efforts in Christchurch and how they are preparing for the...More

Thank Lew D
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for coming Punting on the Avon with us. We are sorry to hear that we didn't leave a better impression on you. We try to offer an experience that you will never forget and appear to have fallen short of that...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

A lovely relaxing half hour ride on the river Avon. The "punter" (if that's the correct word) was very informative, giving us lots of information on the history of the boat sheds, botanical gardens and Christchurch in general. We were lucky to turn up and...More

Thank Huw P
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write up a review about your experience! You are very much correct in calling the tour guide a punter, also all customers on board the boat are also defined as punters, so the word has quite a broad...More

Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

What an awesome way to spend half an hour. Ride was so relaxing and peaceful I could have nodded off. Our guide was informative about the river, gardens and the many ducks. Loved the experience.More

Thank Ohippy
CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

We are really happy that you enjoyed your time Punting on the Avon with us! The rides can often get close to becoming too relaxing and the temptation to nod off can become overwhelming, even if you never knew you were tired to start off...More

Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

The only place in New Zealand you can experience punting. A lovely tranquil ride down and back on the Avon River in the heart of Christchurch. Very slick operation and well organised. As mentioned by previous reviewers the blankets and hot water bottles supplied were...More

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Many thanks for coming punting and writing a review of your time with us! During these colder months, hot water bottles and blankets are luxuries that we wonder how we could live without them. We love to see customers' reactions when they first get their...More

Reviewed 22 July 2017

We went on a boat ride it was so nice just to sit back and watch the city flow by, yes noisy in places it was still lovelyMore

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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Thank you for coming on a punt ride with us! We are glad you appreciated being able to sit back and relax for a while during your visit to Christchurch. As Christchurch is undergoing some major developments at the moment, we sometimes have to experience...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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