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Summer or winter, glide along the peaceful Avon River in Christchurch, wrapped in luxury, as a skilled boatperson propels you through a romantic wonderland. In spring and summer the sunbeams sparkle and ducklings dive; in autumn and winter the river-level view provides magical photographs.

“Welcome aboard,” says your punter, dressed in striped blazer, braces, and wearing the straw hat known as a boater. Punting on the Avon is one of the iconic tourist attractions in Christchurch. Like punting at Oxford and Cambridge in England, our punting experience uses flat-bottomed boats with no keel, pushed by a pole. The punter stands on a platform at the end. The passengers sit low down, although high seats can be installed for your comfort and convenience. We supply blankets, umbrellas and even hot water bottles, so you feel snug if it gets chilly.

Admire trailing willows and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre while you relax on velvet cushions and let your troubles melt away.

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Punting on the Avon River, Christchurch


 

To contact us:

Phone: +64 3 366 0337

E-mail: info@punting.co.nz

 
 
 
 

Make the most of your day! — Consider these itineraries

Half day itinerary

Experience the tranquility of Hagley Park, or the changing face of Christchurch as you go Punting through the ‘red zone’. We’ll keep you snug with rugs and hot water bottles in winter, and in all seasons be sure to bring a coat in case you need it! To complete your half day take a Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour on board our electric ‘Caterpillar’ shuttle and ride to the top of the hills on The Christchurch Gondola to take in the fantastic views. All three options can be experienced by purchasing our combos, saving you money and time!

Full day itinerary

Experience Christchurch with us! Board our luxury coach for an interactive and fun guided tour of Christchurch. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation on request. Let us show you the best Christchurch has to offer; beautiful parks and gardens, quaint seaside suburbs and superb views of the city and surrounds.

Your tour also includes Christchurch’s four premium attractions – Punting on the Avon, The Christchurch Gondola, The Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour, and The Christchurch Tram . It’s the very best way to enjoy Christchurch at the best price!

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Two day itinerary

On day one experience Christchurch with us! Board our luxury Grand Tour coach for an interactive and fun guided tour of Christchurch. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation on request. Let us show you the best Christchurch has to offer; beautiful parks and gardens, quaint seaside suburbs and superb views of the city and surrounds.

Your tour also includes Christchurch’s four premium attractions – Punting on the Avon, The Christchurch Gondola, Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour and The Christchurch Tram . It’s the very best way to enjoy Christchurch at the best price!

The next day take the Hanmer Connection shuttle bus to Hanmer Springs (ph 0800 242 663). Your 90 minute journey passes through beautiful scenery and you can be delivered to the Thrillseekers river base or directly to the town centre. Thrillseekers Adventures has something for everybody! Jet Boat the entire length of the spectacular Waiau River Gorge. Enjoy our relaxed Rafting trip, suitable for families. Bungy jump from the 135 year old Ferry Bridge. Challenge the terrain, with river crossings, dust, dirt and excitement on a Quad Bike. Challenge a friend to Paintball or go Claybird Shooting with a real shotgun. Then head to the town on our free shuttle and bask in the famous hot pools at the end of your day! Return to Christchurch on the Hanmer Connection or stay longer and do more….

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Take a tranquil ride along the River Avon

through Hagley Park, or the ‘Red Zone’

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an image Punting Prices
Adult $25
Child (5-15 years) $12
Child (under 5 years) FREE

Family
(2 adults, up to 3 children)

$65

 

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Punting duration: 30mins

Meet at Antigua Boat Sheds or Worcester Street Bridge

(Please note that Worcester Street Bridge City branch is currently closed for winter)

 

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