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Punting on the Avon

2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
64 3 366 0337
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Ranked #14 of 108 Activities in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Come aboard your classic Punt at the historic Antigua Boat Sheds landing. Your Edwardian Punter...
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Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This experience would have been extremely pleasant on a nice sunny day. But we were obliged by time constraints and pre booking when it was raining. The staff were dressed in sort of Edwardian style with straw boaters etc. They supplied waterproof rugs and umbrellas. There was an informative commentary. But it was chilly and wet. Not their fault. The... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We were fortunate to catch the final ride of the day. Our punter was very entertaining. The kids enjoyed chatting with him as he punted us.

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Geraldine, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

It was a very relaxed and enjoyable 45 minutes spent just effortlessly floating on the water. Ben, our punter and tour guide, was a true credit to his profession. With just the perfect amount of information and tales of interest, and serene silence, we were taken on an unrushed cruise through some beautiful garden scenery. With a team of friendly... More 

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

What a truly wonderful review! We are so very happy that you enjoyed your time on the river with us and really appreciate you sharing your experience with others. I have passed on your comments and congratulated the team for doing such a great service. Ben is particularly grateful for your comments! From everyone at punting, we hope you enjoyed... More 

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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We booked a 30 min punting cruise along the river Avon and it was so lovely and relaxing. Luckily the weather held out for us so was nice and sunny. When we arrived, all the lads were very friendly and helpful. Our punter was funny and gave us lots of facts about the area and answered any questions we had!... More 

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

We really appreciate your kind comments! Thank you for coming punting and taking the time to post your review. Our staff take great pride in providing fantastic customer service and we are all very pleased when we read that customers have noticed and enjoyed the experience. Many thanks again and we hope we may see on the river again if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Had a great ride levi the punter was a good laugh but very professional would recomend to any one you are even allowed to take wine and fod for the trip for that romantic ride

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

We are very happy you found your ride so relaxing! While we dress to impress we do like to have fun on the river and share our enjoyment of the river with customers. If you do come back to visit us in the future, I would recommend booking a private chartered tour to make the ride extra romantic. I will... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

Very relaxing 30 minutes of punting on the Avon River. Personally, this is an attraction that I would recommend when you have the extra bucks to spend. Maybe not exactly the same experience as when you're on the boat but you can also do the same sights and surrounds on foot by taking the footpath beside the river from the... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The route we take along the river can also be walked along from the banks but we enjoy being able to offer a unique way to experience the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park from a different point of view. Also, the ride offers the added bonus of having a commentary about the Botanic Gardens and... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We didn't do punting but we hired some kayaks for us and the kids and we all had a lovely time. The water is not very deep and therefore it is very save, even for smaller kids. The price was very affordable and we had 1 hour of fun. The cafe has also lots to offer and the food is... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Lovely half hour on the Avon, punting alongside the Botanical Gardens. Half hour is the perfect duration. Staff are friendly and well informed.

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

Thank you for taking time out to write a review for us! We think that 30 minutes is the right amount of time to get the most out of the tour and also for you to feel nice and relaxed. We also have a 45 minute tour for those who want something extra special. Many thanks again and hopefully we... More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Walking through the Christchurch botanic gardens and found the punts going down the Avon River. I had to have a go. It cost $25 per adult but was well worth the money. We had a lovely young boatman dressed in a waist coat, tie and straw boater hat who sailed us down the Avon River in an old fashioned punt.... More 

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

We are glad that you managed to discover the punts while exploring the Botanic Gardens. All of our punters take pride in their appearance and will be very happy to hear that you found it charming. Thank you for your review. We are very grateful for your kind words and hopefully we will see you again in the future. More 

Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had a punt ride on the Avon as part of our Christchurch Grand Tour and did we love it. So relaxing. The passing scenery was lovely and the boatman's commentary was helpful.

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

We are very glad that had a good time on the river with us during your day on the Grand Tour. We think that starting the tour with Punting helps everyone to forget about their daily grind and get ready for the fun packed day ahead. Thank you for taking the time to write your review. More 

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