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About Punting on the Avon
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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Relax on a romantic 30-minute punt (flat-bottomed boat) ride along the Avon River in Christchurch. Float past willows lining the riverbanks as a punter, dressed in traditional costume, uses a long pole to propel you and your companions across the water while providing informative commentary. You’ll row past the city center and Christchurch Botanic Gardens, which you can opt to tour by electric shuttle. Other upgrades include a Christchurch Gondola ride to the Crater Rim and/or a Christchurch Tram hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of downtown.
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Howard A wrote a review Yesterday
Auckland, New Zealand164 contributions32 helpful votes
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Punting on the Avon is one of the most relaxing things you could ever do, We were greeted by a polite and friendly gentleman who introduced us to our punter. Our punter, John, was an absolute delight. He was knowledgeable, witty and able to answer questions. He had a beautiful rich speaking voice that added to the calm of the trip. We enjoyed it so much that we went back the following day for a repeat performance. We were equally pleased.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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judithb740 wrote a review 11 Jan
Auckland Central, New Zealand9 contributions
I've always wanted to do this activity. It was comfortable in the boat with excellent commentary from our guide. A beautiful, relaxing activity.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Paul wrote a review Dec 2020
Palmerston North, New Zealand5 contributions
Book tickets. Buy fresh strawberries. Enjoy Botanic Gardens while they warm a little. Wander over to Punting on the Avon. Welcome. Step aboard. Nestle in. Cruise upstream. Enjoy berries. Drift back with the ducks. Perfect afternoon!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon
Responded 5 weeks ago
Thank you very much for for your review. I love how your review is constructed, it is a pleasure to read. I am very happy to hear that we helped to make your afternoon perfect. It was our pleasure to take you out on the river! Please do come and see us again.
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Jeffry b wrote a review Dec 2020
Essendon, Australia6,479 contributions1,822 helpful votes
The Avon River is not exactly a raging torrent, which makes punting enjoyable. The young person handling the pole knows where to go. The lazy trip through the middle of Christchurch makes your expedition worthwhile, as does the scenery.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon
Responded 12 Dec 2020
Thank you for coming punting with us. The Avon river is as close to perfect as you could want for punting. Shallow and sedate, with nature's beauty all around you. It does make for a great lazy trip in amongst some more strenuous sight seeing. Thank you for sharing your experience. We would love to see you back again!
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Strickes wrote a review Nov 2020
Rotorua District, New Zealand1,553 contributions298 helpful votes
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Our first trip to Christchurch so we had to go punting on the Avon. Well worth it. What a beautiful part of downtown Christchurch. Easy walking, and plenty to see in the area. The Punting was very relaxing and our guide was very informative on the area. Easy getting into the boat and very low but comfortable seats. Very hot day tho and we could have done with some shade in parts. The Avon seems to be a very clean and well kept river. The occasional bits of rubbish in water but surprisingly very little.. Lovely scenery from the punt on the river, going past the Botannical Gardens. I enjoyed the old boatshed area where the trip starts from. Authentic old building that has been used for many years. Very English looking area. We arrived at about 1pm and there were many people enjoying lunches on the sides of the river. Must be a peaceful spot for people to have a break away from work. Parking a bit limited and it is paid parking in this area.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon
Responded 12 Dec 2020
Thank you kindly for taking the time to post your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your time on the river with us. We are blessed to be able to enjoy the surrounding beauty of Hagley Park and the Antigua Boat Sheds with people on a daily basis. It is a very peaceful area to work. Many thanks again and please do come back to see us again if you get a chance.
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