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Punting on the Avon

Open today: 09:00 - 18:00
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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...more
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2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 0337
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a cruise today with Rhys and Logan. The commentary from Rhys was great, both lads had a great sense of humour. The boat was full of Australians so the humour was not lost on us. Logan did a great job steering us safely....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LesE522
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful, relaxing way to finish our day exploring Christchurch. Our gondolier was a friendly young guy who we enjoyed chatting to as we gently made our way through this beautiful little waterway. Surrounded by families picnicking along the banks, weeping willows & cute...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took neices out for the afternoon while visiting from Australia. None of us had been before and it was most enjoyable and relaxing.Kids loved watching the ducks. Followed up with a walk through the gardens.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank colinm250
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our punting guide was a preppy 3rd year university student who skillfully guided our 8 person punting boat through a lovely tour of the garden area that included beautiful sights, sounds and smells. Adorable small ducks toured along side of us. The tour is about...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DoctorDeb
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

Our half hour punt ride on the Avon River was delightful. The colours of the trees overhanging the river are almost unreal ! Fantastic just right commentary from our boatman. Gin clear water. A really relaxing great way to spend relaxing time. Absolutely a hidden...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GreatOceanAir
Reviewed 11 January 2019

The boat ride was one of the highlights of my trip to New Zealand. The ride wasn’t for very long, but it was enjoyable to lounge on the boat, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. TIP: Book thru the tourist office downtown. The tourist offfice will...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dpr8
Reviewed 9 January 2019

Very relaxing boat ride along the river. Got to see a number of birds, including a brood of duck chicks, very cute :) We were sort of expecting our gondolier to tell us a little about the history of the area, but the guy didn't...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 9 January 2019

Relaxing time watching the botanical gardens go by and ducks drifting past us. The staff were friendly and told us about the history, artwork and nature around us. Had a lovely time. Thank you.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Scatty1Cat
Reviewed 8 January 2019

Worth doing, was professionally run and the trip was enjoyable. would recommend getting some duck food when there as you can hand feed them from the boat. Thanks for an enjoyable experience.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ChadinaBox
Reviewed 1 January 2019

We celebrated our wedding anniversary with a punt ride and it was fantastic. Organised a picnic basket from the cafe next door, bottle of wine on the ride and a very friendly and knowledgeable punter made for a great 45min ride. looking forward to doing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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28 November 2018|
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Response from BryaanL1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can book a specific time. bookme co nz Punting on the avon You can browse around a few websites that you can book from. This one from bookme allows a specific time.
29 January 2017|
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Response from CHCHAttractions | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry. Our Park branch is our main departure point and is located at the Antigua Boatsheds at 2 Cambridge Terrace. This branch is a 5 minute walk from the tram stop opposite the Canterbury Museum. Our... More
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18 January 2017|
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Response from CHCHAttractions | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry. Officially we cannot endorse alcohol on board the punts as they do travel through a liquor ban zone during the ride. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Kind... More