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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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Relaxing Ride

Its a really great and romantic way to spend the 30mins. The Punter will provide you with commentary and introduction. I went on the ride on end of May so the weather was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
CharmaineKhoo
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Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Its a really great and romantic way to spend the 30mins. The Punter will provide you with commentary and introduction. I went on the ride on end of May so the weather was rather chilly. They provided us with a blanket and hot water bottle which made the ride more enjoyable. The scenery was beautiful and the experience was relaxing.... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We went on the trip that went up the north of the river. It was a nice chilled out experience but the scenery wasn't amazing - I think the southern ride is a little more picturesque as it takes you through the botanic gardens. The river is quite shallow in places so we got stuck a couple of times! Nice... 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 the time to write a review! You are correct about our City site being shallow at the moment. We have had a hot and dry summer and this leads to less water running through the Avon. Coupled with new channels being designed, this has meant that the boats do touch the... More 

Wollongong, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The only negative thing to say is I wish it went longer! It was truly relaxing and we enjoyed sitting back whilst the gentleman took us along the river. I loved that the employees were dressed to fit the part. Ours had a long mustache :) one suggestion I have is even though he was informative about the questions my... More 

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

We are glad you got a chance to experience Punting before you left NZ! We wish that we could spend longer on the river too, but with a finite amount of hours in the day that would mean that others would miss out on the experience. However, if you book in advance it is possible for us to arrange a... More 

Berwick St John
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241 reviews 241 reviews
44 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I went punting as part of a 'Grand Tour' and it was lovely and one of my favourite parts of the day. I don't think it is expensive, all the staff are wonderful and the photos for sale were both well taken and reasonably priced. Wished I could have gone again.

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

We are glad that found your punting experience to be 'surprisingly lovely'. Sometimes people think punting will be cheesy or be a cliche, but once they have been out on a boat with the guide, they find it to be quite refreshing. We think the Grand Tour includes some of the city's best attractions and sights, so we are extremely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Quiet canoe trip on the avon through Botanical Gardens with a friendly and interesting guide..................................................

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

Thank you for your review! We appreciate people taking the time to write reviews of their experiences on the river but often people forget to mention how beautiful the Antigua Boat Sheds are as well. We are glad that you admired our classic Boat Shed and shared this with others. It would be wonderful to see you out on the... More 

Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We purchased the Christchurch Pass and the Avon River Punting was one of the activities. It is such an gorgeous view from the boat. our Punter was great! thoroughly recommend this for the whole family.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We believe that we provide the essentially elegant view of Christchurch and are very glad that you enjoyed the views from our boats. The Christchurch Pass is also the best value for money if visiting Christchurch's attractions and we are glad you took advantage of that package. The city is... More 

Coffs Harbour, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

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

Thank you for posting your review. Unfortunately, our City site (from Worcester Street landing) has experienced a drop in the water levels following from a particularly dry summer. We have changed our passenger limit to reflect this but it would appear that you travelled just prior to our re-evaluation. We apologise for the impact this had to your enjoyment of... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

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

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Purchasing the Christchurch Pass is a great way to get to see the top attractions in town, while getting the best value for your money. We are happy that you got to experience so much of our city. Next time you are in Christchurch, we would love to take you... More 

709913
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79 reviews 79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

I am happy that you managed to catch our last ride of the day! We appreciate you mentioning the knowledge of your tour guide. Everyday we learn more on the river and take pride in being able to impart that knowledge to customers. Thank you kindly for coming punting on the Avon with us. Maybe we will see you on... More 

Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review

Many thanks for coming punting with us! We are very glad that your enjoyed your ride and the chance to sit back and relax while in the city. If you are ever in town again, it would be a pleasure to take you out on the river again. More 

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