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“Only recommended for couples (IMHO)”

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.
Hamburg, Germany
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Only recommended for couples (IMHO)”
Reviewed 14 June 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 the parks at your own Speed instead of going very very slowly by boat.

For couples though I think it is really beatiful. The boats are nice, the Gondolieres are Dressed up very nicely and polite and like to talk to you about what you see.

Visited April 2014
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
Thank you for coming punting with us, I am glad you enjoyed your trip along the river!
Punting is often best enjoyed with family and loved ones, although we do our best to ensure that even those travelling alone are not left out of the fun to be had on the Avon.
We pride ourselves on having the slowest and most relaxing craft on the river, so that you can truly soak up the tranquility and beauty that the Botanic Gardens and Avon wildlife have to offer. If something a little faster is desired, I can highly recommend the Jet boats in Hamner Springs or the kayaks and canoes that can be hired from the cafe next door.
Hopefully we will see you out on the river again sometime.
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Hastings, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
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“Grand Tour has personal touch”
Reviewed 7 June 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 really went out of their way to ensure that she could enjoy the whole experience and what a great one it was. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff they all went beyond what was expected and at the end of the day we were buzzing at the total experience - right from the time we booked, were collected from our Motel and fussed over for the day. Added high seating for the punting, extra steps for the other transport modes and personal service all along the way including blankets and hot water bottles for everyone while they were punting- how tranquil is that -such a nice touch. Thank you so much for providing this experience - definitely one we would recommend to others. Viv B

Visited June 2014
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
We are glad that you were able to enjoy the Grand Tour with your mother. We do everything we can to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to enjoy the attractions that Christchurch can offer with the Grand Tour.
If you are ever in town again, come out with us to see all the advances that will be made on the Avon and our ever changing city.
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Canberra, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“GO PUNTING!”
Reviewed 30 May 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!

Visited May 2014
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
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 again next time you pop over on a holiday. Many thanks!
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Don't miss this thing!”
Reviewed 16 May 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'.

Visited May 2014
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, General Manager at Punting on the Avon, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
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.
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Kone, New Caledonia
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Punting”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Punting on the Avon is a wonderfully informative and old world experience. The young men punting are well informed, courteous and enjoyable giving you a sense of a past world.
The punts are very clean, comfortable and stable giving a luxuriously smooth ride along a tranquil, shallow river.
To be highly recommended.

Visited April 2014
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