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Punting on the Avon

2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 0337
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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic...
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Full-Day Round-Trip Tour from Akaroa Wharf
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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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"botanical gardens"
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"relaxing ride"
in 10 reviews
"blankets and hot water bottles"
in 5 reviews
"boat ride"
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"punting tour"
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"spend half an hour"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful experience"
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"boat sheds"
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"grand tour"
in 6 reviews
"sunny day"
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"hagley park"
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"new zealand"
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"punters"
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"ducks"
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"boatman"
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"activity"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A beautiful relaxing way to sample part of Christchurch. The starting point at Cambridge Terrace is easily found and has retained the old fashioned boating sheds. Inside on the wall is a collection of blazers and boaters from a bygone era. An adjoining outdoor cafe...More

Thank Heather M
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Very relaxing experience, we quite enjoyed it and our punter was very knowledgeable and gave us some very good information regarding the city.

Thank mefa1984
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely time doing this activity, it was a gorgeous day and we just sat back and relaxed. Highly recommended. Coffee shop was excellent

Thank Janet H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful day and nice relaxing ride while we listened to our boat driver give us history of the area, local wildlife and flora. We really enjoyed it. Is it a “must do”, not really but we are glad we did.

Thank Spinner915
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We waited about half an hour to get on the ride from the Boatshed. It’s excellent. The guide delivers a well practiced commentary on the river and the city. The river itself has a very European flavour and many of the plants along the riverbank...More

Thank James H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Punting along the Avon is tranquil and informative. If you want to get totally away from city life and noise, do this. Sections of the river pass alongside the Botanic gardens so you can see pleasant views from both perspectives. See separate review of the...More

Thank Landa14
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the boat ride although it was exceptionally hot. I wonder if canopies could be added to the boats to help protect from sunburn/ heat stroke. Our punter (if that's what he is called) was really good, very knowledgeable and I loved how...More

Thank W7824FSmicheleb
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Did this as part of the sightseeing pass, they were really helpful in sorting the tickets out. Really nice trip down the river, very scenic and the botanic gardens were very pretty to look at from the river. Our guide was really friendly and gave...More

Thank emilie2205
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

day039 of our 6 continent 6month trip around the world we booked this activity on line. there was no option to pick a time of day. call to reserve is this happens to you. Our punter was Jen from France...he was outstanding! Very tranquil and...More

Thank Byron C
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

What an amazing trip you must be on! I am so jealous! Thank you for taking time out of your wonderful tour to sit back and relax for a while on the river with us. In the middle of summer, trees offer a little respite...More

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

It was bliss and beautiful being punted down the Avon. Our day was made; as we saw so many lovely Ducks, had lovely Weather and had a nice ‘punter’. Loved it!More

Thank 256ollie
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CHCHAttractions, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

We are so glad that you loved your time with us! The ducks that call the Avon home must be some of the luckiest in the world. They receive so much love (and food) from people from all over the planet. Please do come back...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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