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Punting on the Avon

2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
64 3 366 0337
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Ranked #11 of 79 activities in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Come aboard your classic Punt at the historic Antigua Boat Sheds landing. Your Edwardian Punter will guide you quietly past trailing willows,... more » 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. « less
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DUBBO
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

Just came back from enjoying this local Christchurch attraction for the 4th time. The guides are always informative while giving you time to relax and simply enjoy the views. The Avon River runs through the Botanical gardens and provides a very nice backdrop for your punt.

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Breitnau, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had a very relaxed afternoon "punt" on the Avon with a very nice guide. You get blankets and hot-water bottles - nice touch ;-)

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Hamburg, Germany
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Punting on the avon is a nice sight for couples. You go by boat on the Avon - a river that runs through the inner City of Christchurch - and see a lot of plants, trees and some ducks and pigeons. The scenery is very nice but as a single Person I think you are better off, if you walk... More

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

My Mum and I recently spent a couple of days in Christchurch for a family occasion - we had a day to fill in and booked the Grand Tour. The whole experience was geared to be user friendly - my Mum who has mobility issues was apprehensive and unsure about being able to complete all the activities but the staff... More

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

You have to go punting on the Avon. Myself and a friend booked the tram, punting and gondola combo. The punting was our favourite activity, we had laughs, enjoyed the punter's commentary, and the staff really know how to have fun and make you feel welcome. We loved this activity and highly recommend it for any visitor to Christchurch!

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

It is really kind of you to say that you enjoyed us so much. It is hard for us not to have so much fun at work when we make a living from playing around on boats all day, and I am happy that you enjoyed that fun experience with us as well. It would be brilliant to see you... More

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

It was really enjoyable sitting on the punt along the river while listening to the guy talking about the history of 'Punting on the Avon'.

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

We are glad that you chose to come punting while visiting Christchurch and thanks to your review and others like it, we have now received an excellence award on Trip Advisor! From all the staff at Punting on the Avon, many thanks and we hope to see you again in the future. More

River Forest, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

So much has been damaged in Christchurch, but you can still go punting on the Avon. A little touch of England but with that speical New Zealand brand of friendliness.

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

Thank you for your lovely review. Christchurch has been very unfortunate to suffer such great losses but your review makes us happy by reminding us that we can still offer good times and fun to those visiting. Thank you again and it would be great to see you out on the river again once the new vision for Christchurch has... More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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51 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My team at work decided to do this one lunch time and we had so much fun. The ride was just so tranquil, the ducks all over, the green trees hanging down into the water ! It was just perfect. We loved it !

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

Thanks for coming and enjoying a ride on the river with your work mates. What a great way to spend a lunch time, and I am sure the ducks were glad you spent lunch time with them too! Many thanks again for the review. More

Moerewa, NZ
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Got there at opening time in the morning with my wife, watched the ducks for a few minutes while they set up, Being so early meant there was only the 2 of us in the punt. If you are going to Christchurch, you must go punting on the Avon. The punter were very nice and friendly, Really liked how this... More

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

We are glad that you enjoyed your ride. First thing in the morning is definately the most peaceful time of day to enjoy a punt ride. The young university staff here are all very clever and knowledgeable individuals, however it can be surprising to hear just how much they do know about the Avon. It is amazing the amount of... More

Dunedin, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Really liked how this was like a really fancy way to see a city. It was a great way to see the city and gardens from another view point. The staff were really nice and made the experience enjoyable for us all!

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

Thank you so much for reviewing us. We pride ourselves on being one of the fanciest ways to see Christchurch and are sure we must be the most relaxing. Thank you for coming and hopefully see you on the river again! More

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