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Address: 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Come aboard your classic Punt at the historic Antigua Boat Sheds landing....

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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A wonderful way to spend some time

We really enjoyed this. It was a beautiful autumnal day, the river was full of ducks, it was warm without being hot. What could be better than a meander along the lovely Avon... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jay H
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Perth, Australia

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed this. It was a beautiful autumnal day, the river was full of ducks, it was warm without being hot. What could be better than a meander along the lovely Avon River. Our guide was informative and entertaining without being overbearing. We just lay back in our seats and watched the world go by. Only word of caution,... More 

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

Thank you kindly for posting a review and coming out on the river with us! With the autumn weather in full swing, we are now getting warm days with wonderful colours changes and contrast throughout the scenery. It is a rather lovely time of year to experience the Avon. You are quite right regarding the level of difficulty that some... More 

Bay Area, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I made a reservation for a private boat on-line. When we arrived, they had my reservation and we were off! Tommy "punted" us down the Avon through the Botanical Gardens. It was a lovely warm day and Tommy was very charming. Lots of families out kayaking on the river. Very enjoyable. A great thing to do while visiting Christchurch -... More 

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

Thank you for your review. A private tour is the way to go if you really want to indulge in a bit of decadence. I will pass your lovely comments onto to Tommy who will be very happy to hear he is charming. Many thanks again and I hope we might get the opportunity to take you out on the... More 

Ashburton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely way to enjoy some of the Avon river through the Botanical Gardens. A wee bit pricey, but very relaxing after walking around the CBD of Christchurch, so worth it.

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

Thank you for coming Punting with us! After walking around the city centre there can be nothing better than taking the weight off and to indulge by letting someone else do some work for you. Just sit back and relax. Thank you again for coming out with us. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a really lazy relaxing boat ride down the Avon River with ducks all around your boat. I happen to like ducks a lot and I think they are so cute sticking their duckbutts up and submerging their heads into the river. The experience was made better as the punter (is that what he's called?) is a young and handsome... More 

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

Thank you for taking time out to come punting on the Avon with us. The ducks of the Avon river can often steal the show, making themselves extremely visible in hopes to get fed. It can be very endearing! Many thanks again for coming punting and thank you also for taking the time to post the review! More 

Milton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed a very relaxing punt on the Avon, accompanied by a very pleasant young man dressed in Victorian garb. It was a great way to spend a lazy half hour on a beautiful day. Scenic parks and gardens added to the trip enjoyment.

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

Thank you kindly for writing up your review for others to see! We are very happy the your wife and yourself had a relaxing trip out on the river with us. When the weather is beautiful, there is no better way to be lazy than on the river! If you ever feel lazy again, please do come by and spend... More 

Los angeles, ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

it is the main attraction in Christchurch. do the panting just for the experience . not much to do or see . you can also just walk the river path where the boat is going if you do not want to pay . nothing spectacular just a regular boat ride . this activity can be skip if time is limited... More 

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

Thank you for coming punting with us! We are glad that you thought punting is the main attraction in Christchurch but are sad to hear that we didn't make your trip out with us memorable. The route the boat takes is along the outside of the Botanic Gardens, which does have a path that can be followed on foot or... More 

Glasgow
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our time on the punt. It was a beautiful sunny day and the setting was perfect. The punter was entertaining and gave a good commentary on the wildlife and surroundings. A very welcome interlude in our hectic itinerary!

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

Thank you for sharing your experience with others. When travelling on holiday abroad, the itinerary can become all encompassing and taking some time out to relax and enjoy your time away from work is just what is needed. In these circumstances, punting is just the ticket! Thank you again for sharing some of your holiday time with us! More 

El Cajon, California
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We loved this slow, relaxing, ride down the Avon River in Christchurch Botanical Gardens. It felt so British, and the surroundings were beautiful. Our punter, Joe, made the trip very interesting. I only wish the ride would have been longer.

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

Thank you for coming out on the Avon river with us! We are glad that you enjoyed your time on the boat with Joe. The ultimate punting experience is the 45 minute private tour, as sometimes 30 minutes may only whet the appetite for some. These 45 minute rides are limited though, as we want to ensure that everybody that... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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76 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Punting on the Avon River is famous in Christchurch. It is a tradition from England and locals and tourists enjoy meandering down the slow flowing river through the city gardens and into the inner suburbs. The punt is powered and guided by an experienced punter dressed in traditional costumes of 19th C Victorian England. People enjoy the scenery, sipping wine... More 

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

Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review! Unfortunately, while the majority of your review is correct, there are a few points that I think I will need to correct, to avoid others being disappointed as certain options are not available. The punts depart and finish at the same landing. While we have in the past been... More 

Cheshire England
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271 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 339 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Our tour included punting and we were extremely pleased it did. Our punter was new to to the job and he tried really hard. It was a really relaxing experience and was very interesting to hear about the flora as well as information about Christchurch. This is highly recommended

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

Thank you for writing a review of your experience. It is always really endearing to watch new punters try their hardest to give people the best experience on the river that they can. With the amount of information that they have to learn, the first few rides almost feel like a test. We are glad to hear that the punter... More 

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