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Punting on the Avon

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Address: 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-366 0337
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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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Lovely

Staff were excellent and despite the rain, it was a beautiful ride. Recommend to anyone and the cafe next door was brilliant too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
kapitishort
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wellington

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wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff were excellent and despite the rain, it was a beautiful ride. Recommend to anyone and the cafe next door was brilliant too.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly staff when we booked in.Paul was a very good guide.We enjoyed the trip very much.Very relaxing.

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Thank Delwyn2015
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking time to write up a review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your ride with us. I will pass on your thanks to Paul. If you are ever in town again, please do come out with us for another relaxing ride. More 

Perth, Australia
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52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With only 1 day booked for Christchurch we had to squeeze as much in as possible. A punt on the Avon was high on the list, and we were not disappointed. A very relaxing fun way to take in the sights. For a moment there I thought I was back in Cambridge.

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

Thank you for making Punting a priority on your trip to Christchurch! I am glad that we did not disappoint your expectations, especially the expectations from someone who has been punting before in Cambridge. We take that as high praise, thank you. I hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Christchurch and hope we may see you... More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

With lovely weather on our last day can christchurch with our family we decided to relax and take a punt on the river Avon. Our guide Tom was excellent and helped make the trip fun and informative. My family had not been on the trip before but are definitely going to repeat it and recommend it to others

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

Thank you so much for posting up your review of the time spent punting with us! Tom is great punter, and a really wonderful colleague. He is loved by so many customers that we may need to create a fan club for him! Thank you for saying that you would recommend the experience to others. We look forward to seeing... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great relaxing time while viewing the surroundings of the Avon river. Had a lovely guide who could tell so much about everything we passed. Nice way to see the city from a different point of view!

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

Many thanks for writing a review of your experience. It sounds like you had a great time out on the river with one of our punters. We aim to make the ride as relaxing as possible, while also making sure that is is very informative. If you are in town again, please do come back out on the river us! More 

Shellharbour, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

absolutely loved it and was a great highlight in christchurch. Tom was also an amazing guide. Definitely worth doing. We went at 5pm which was such a beautiful time on the river.

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

We really are glad that you came out on the river with us. 5pm is often a great time to get on the river. There are less kayaks out and everything starts to settle down to a lazy end of the day. The sun is often still very warm and casts an amber haze over the gardens. It is a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely way to explore the Avon river. We took our 4 year old & his Nana for a punt just before Xmas. Our guide was informative & funny and the whole experience very relaxing. Totally recommend for the visitor to Christchurch

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Thank hakiana42
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

Many thanks for coming out on a ride with us. This review really does highlight how punting can be enjoyed by many different generations. Young children get a chance to be out on the river without the fear that they may fall in, while older generations get to experience a river ride without having to lift a finger. Thank you... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I travelled to Christchurch as part of our honeymoon tour of NZ. We didn't really know what to expect in Christchurch and we were a little sad to see the city in such a state. We know the recent history but had not expected what we saw. The punting was absolutely wonderful and it brought joy and... More 

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

Wow, what a really wonderful review! We are so glad that we could be part of your honeymoon experience in NZ and proud that you thought we were a highlight of your trip. The city has been shaken up somewhat but there is still plenty of beauty and joy here, especially in and around the gardens. Many, many thanks again... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely trip along the Avon with the Botanic Gardens offering amazing views. The punter had excellent local knowledge and made the ride interesting and fun. Would highly recommend for locals and tourists.

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Thank 911deb
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Many people think that punting is just for visitors to Christchurch, but the locals who do try punting often will keep coming back to enjoy some relaxing time out in the gardens on a beautiful day. We are very happy that you enjoyed your time out on the river with... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Its much cheaper to go out on the river by yourself in a kajak or rowing boat than taking the punting tour. I would recommend 1 hour as 30min is pretty short and you don't really have time to relax if you want to go us the river by more than just 300meters. You can walk along the river on... More 

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

Thank you for coming out on a punt with us! During our 30 minute tour we travel upstream 700 metres and then return, so the ride is just short of 1.5km in total distance. If you are feeling adventurous, then there are kayaks available next door that you can take out by yourself. You can walk along the riverside by... More 

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