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Address: 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 366 0337
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Description: Come aboard your classic Punt at the historic Antigua Boat Sheds landing...
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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Half an hour well spent

This was included in the Christchurch Pass and was a great way to spend 1/2 hour relaxing and being punted along the Avon River through the Botanic Gardens with a commentary... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
wayneNkris
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Brisbane, Australia
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately we didn't think this was something for a family. The Creek/river was quite shallow and we got stuck every now and again. (Oh we are not a big family) Our guide highlighter he had one person help get through the previous day. Yeah so couples really or book two punts.

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Brisbane, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

This was included in the Christchurch Pass and was a great way to spend 1/2 hour relaxing and being punted along the Avon River through the Botanic Gardens with a commentary included. Recommended for all ages.

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709913
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79 reviews 79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I was on the last trip of the day and there were only 3 of aboard. It was so pleasant and relaxing and a great way to meander along the river. The guide was excellent and was able to answer any question thrown his way. The trip felt safe and lasted over 30 minutes. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Our punter was lovely and very informative. It was very relaxing just sitting in the boat and having him give us a ride down the canal. He even gave us a bit of extra time which we appreciated.

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Geelong, Australia
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131 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Bring the speed down to next to nothing, relax and start to smile, listen to the punters commentary, initiate a friendly conversation, and relive a bygone era for a little while. You will either pass gardens and grasslands, or the city centre depending on which of the two current venues that you choose to use, but either one is pleasant,... More 

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

What a lovely and well-written review. Poetic and very suiting of the experience. All the staff here try our utmost to invoke the essence of Pleasure Punting and are very pleased when we receive feedback that we are getting it right. Many thanks for your time to write the review. It would be wonderful to see you on the river... More 

Toowoomba, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The tranquility of being rowed on the beautiful Avon, in the centre of Christchurch. Loved the English feel of willows along the banks.

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time on your trip to come out on the Avon with us! The British feeling just seems to come so naturally to Christchurch, although geographically you probably could not get further away. The scenery and weather conditions are just perfect to give the Avon that English flavour. Many thanks for your review, it would be... More 

Canberra, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A great way to experience nature whilst in Christchurch. A 30 minute smooth, relaxing ride along on the Avon let's you see the botanic gardens, hagley park and get up close to the beautiful ducks. Great staff, friendly and informative!

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed your trip out on the river with us. I am sure the ducks would blush to know you thought of them as beautiful! We say this to everyone, but we do really appreciate you taking the time to write a review. Many thanks for your time and we hope we might see you on... More 

Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Punting! Relax, enjoy the River, the Gardens, the Trout and the Ducks, while you chat with a local boatsman.

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

Many thanks for coming punting on the river with us. You pretty much summed up the little adventure we take you on along the river. Very relaxing while you soak up the scenery. Thank you for taking time to write a review, it is very kind of you. We hope we might see you again someday. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is must do when you visit Christchurch. The operators goes out of their way to make you feel that extra bit important and nothing is too much trouble to make your visit the most memorial possible even a blanket or a umbrella if you won’t it. The punts have 9 seats you can go as a group or for... More 

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

Wow! What a fantastic review! We are so very glad that you enjoyed your time with us! We try our utmost to make sure that you get to enjoy an experience that will live long in your memories and Michael is a very talented and memorable character. I will ensure that he gets to see you review and will commend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We decided to go Punting on the Avon on our visit to Christchurch, and were really glad we did. It was nice and relaxing being punted through the gardens, and there were even some cute ducklings around. The punter (I've forgotten his name) gave us an informative commentary and posed with us for some photos afterwards. I'd definitely recommend this... More 

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! We are very glad that you enjoyed your time out on the river with us. Our punters take pride in being able to show people the wonderful surrounds along the banks of the river and are more than happy to help you with photos so you can remember your experience with us. Many thanks... More 

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