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“Old fashioned travel!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Punting on the Avon

Punting on the Avon
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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic...
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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.
Dunedin, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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“Old fashioned travel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 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!

Visited January 2014
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
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!
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“Novelty but cool!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

We went post earthquake and many areas of the cbd weren't accesible but we were able to see a lot from the avon river punt. Especially the beautiful Town Hall. The punter was super nice and does a fantastic commentary. It's really unique to Christchurch and I recommend it!

Visited February 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review, 8 January 2014
We are glad that you enjoyed your punt ride through the city. It's a great way to see the Town Hall up close: it is a lovely building, and we hope that it will be repaired so it looks as great as it used to! Thank you for recommending us and for taking the time to post your review.
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Hong Kong, China
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“Despite the damage by the earthquake, worth going.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

If you are going to Christchurch, you must go punting on the Avon. The punters were very nice and friendly. A very special experience though you would see the places around were mostly damaged by the earthquake few years back.

Visited December 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review, 8 January 2014
Thank you for coming punting with us. The scenery along the way is a lot different after the earthquake, but things are slowly getting rebuilt again and we are excited to see what the new scenery will look like! I will pass on your kind comments to our punters, and thank you for taking the time to post your review.
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Relaxing Day on the Avon river”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013

Punting along the Avon River is a must for those who visit Christchurch. Gliding thru the botanical gardens was beautiful and soothing to the soul. My wife and I participated as part of a day tour group and it was a highlight of our time in Christchurch. Swans, ducks and ducklings accompanied us as we floated down the river. The only problem with this excursion is that I didn't want it to end. The day was beautiful and the ride superb.

Visited November 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review, 29 December 2013
Thank you for writing such a lovely review. We are pleased that you found the ride so soothing and I am sorry that your ride had to end! Maybe you should think of changing your vocation to Punter and then you can enjoy punting all day and get paid for it too!
I wish you a happy new year and thank you again.
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Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Idyllic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

We had perfect weather for our punting trip. There were just the two of us in our punt and our guide was very friendly and informative. We did the trip through the botanic gardens which were very picturesque with the rhododendrons out in flower. Relaxing and something everybody should do!!

Visited November 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review, 19 December 2013
I am glad to hear you enjoyed your time punting, and am pleased you had such lovely weather for it. The Botanic Gardens are beautiful at this time of year. Thank you for taking the time to review us and we wish you all the best.
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