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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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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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Short but sweet

Not going to lie i thought this punting tour was going to go a little longer then it did. But saying that, it was definitely worth going. Our tour guide was funny and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
blueside21
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Orange, NSW
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Orange, NSW
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Not going to lie i thought this punting tour was going to go a little longer then it did. But saying that, it was definitely worth going. Our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable despite informing us he had only been on the job for a few weeks. You get to see the botanical gardens from a different angle, as... More 

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

Thank you for coming punting with us and taking time to write your review. We do have a few new staff with us and am glad you found them to 'funny and knowledgeable'. I will pass on your thanks to the staff. Time can pass so quickly on the river and 30 minutes with us may not seem like enough.... More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Throughly enjoyed our time punting along the Avon through the pretty botanical gardens, a great way to relax and pass away an hour, just perfect after a good lunch! Our punter was efficient and glided us down river without any hiccups.

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

What a wonderful way to compliment a good lunch with a cruise along the river. Very stylishly done! All our punters spend many hours on the river training to ensure that you have the most relaxing experience possible, free from hiccups. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Christchurch and hope that you may find the time to visit us... More 

Sydney
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135 reviews 135 reviews
48 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This 30 min punt along the river through the gardens was the highlight of our visit to Christchurch. 30 mins of gorgeous scenery and duck watching. So relaxing. Go early to avoid the crowds.

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

Thank you for your wonderful review. It is high praise indeed to say we were the highlight of your time in Christchurch! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time on the river with us. Coming in early and booking in advance is also very sound advice during our busy periods. It would be great to be able to... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Very knowledgable staff who gave us wonderful history of Christchurch and the Botanical Gardens. Very relaxing and would definitely recommend.

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

Thank you for your recommendation! You nicely summarised the punting experience. Knowledgeable guides in beautiful surrounds, while you relax. Many thanks for your review. If you are ever in town again and fancy to relax some more, we would love to see you out on the river again. More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Knowledgable staff who made the trip very interesting. Excellent skills at avoiding others kayaking etc down the Avon. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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

Our staff will be pleased to know that you rate their skills so highly. The art of punting is ensuring the experience is relaxing while looking refined at all times, even when you are dodging the odd kayak! Thank you for taking your time to review us, it would be wonderful to see you out again on the river in... More 

Switzerland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

My wife and I booked a private tour of 45 minutes. Cost $ 45.00 per person. We bought some Champagne and were then relaxing down and up the river Avon through the Botanical Garden while punter Tom gave us some interesting info on Christchurch with its history.

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

Thank you for your review! The private chartered tour is the way to go if you want to get an extra special experience from your punt ride. You get to go further up the river and get the whole boat to yourselves. You made a very good choice to also get Champagne, just the thing to compliment such luxury! Many... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

My husband and I had a great experience Punting on the Avon. The river was absolutely stunning, as it ran through the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. We enjoyed the sightly backdrop during our ride as it showcased California Redwoods and Weeping Willows, an array of floral species and a multitude of birds. Our guide was very befitting as well, providing us... More 

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

Thank you kindly for your very sweet and glowing review! Our guides try their best to provide you with the perfect amount of information to enhance the beautiful scenery and experience of gliding around the botanic gardens. Many thanks again for coming punting with us. We really do hope that we might get the chance to take you for a... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Did the punting as part of a combined gondola and tram tour. Settled into a punt with a blanket over our legs while a young man dressed the part took us down the river. He provided an informative commentary and pointed out points of interest as we took it easy. Reasonably pricey but well worth it.

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

We are glad that you took the time to experience Punting along with Christchurch's other attractions during your stay. As we now start to move into the cooler months, our blankets are essential to keep warm and can really add some extra romance to the ride. In our winter months we also have hot water bottles too! Thank you for... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We went on a warm day.A lovely relaxing way to spend half an hour. We got combined tickets with the gondola and tram which saved a bit of money. You must phone and book. If you just rock up with your ticket you nay be disappointed.

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

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Thank you also for informing others and the best way to save money on the best attractions in Christchurch; and also recommending bookings. While bookings are not essential we highly recommend that you call or e-mail ahead of time to reserve your seats. There can be long waits on busy... More 

Bend, Oregon
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We probably would not have elected to do Punting on the Avon if it had not been part of a city tour we were taking. However, it was quite fun and relaxing. We were seated in the boats, given a cozy blanket, and the young gentleman gave us lots of information on the city and happily answered all our questions.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

We are very happy that you got the chance to experience punting as part of your tour in Christchurch. Often people are not exactly sure what to expect but are very pleased that they gave it a try. It is a most relaxing way to see the Christchurch and gather information about our city at the same time. I do... More 

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