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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour

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Christchurch, New Zealand
icon30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Good for avoiding crowds

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icon30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Relax on a romantic 30-minute punt (flat-bottomed boat) ride along the Avon River in Christchurch. Float past willows lining the riverbanks as a punter, dressed in traditional costume, uses a long pole to propel you and your companions across the water while providing informative commentary. You’ll row past the city center and Christchurch Botanic Gardens, which you can opt to tour by electric shuttle. Other upgrades include a Christchurch Gondola ride to the Crater Rim and/or a Christchurch Tram hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of downtown.
  • Choose from several tour options to customize your Christchurch sightseeing experience
  • Hear informative commentary about the sights as you glide along the Avon River
  • Ride the Christchurch Gondola to the top of Crater Rim for 360-degree views (if option chosen)
  • Board the heritage Christchurch Tram for a narrated hop-on hop-off tour of the city center (if option chosen)
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30-minute Avon River punt ride
Caterpillar Botanic Garden tour (if option selected at time of booking)
Tram Tour of Christchurch (if option selected at time of booking)
Gratuities
Transport to/from the attractions
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Explore the tranquil side of Christchurch with a classic boating, or punting, experience on the lovely Avon River. The narrow flat-bottomed boat, designed for small rivers and shallow water, is operated by a punter in period dress who shares information about the sights and history of Christchurch.

Traditionally, riders sit on low, cushioned seats, however higher seating can be provided as needed. Blankets, umbrellas and hot water bottles are available so you can snuggle up with loved ones in all seasons.

If you wish, book additional Christchurch activities with your 30-minute boat ride (see below).

Punting and Botanic GardensTour the 52-acre (21-hectare) Christchurch Botanic Gardens by electric-powered caterpillar bus that allows you to hop on and off at the Rose Garden, Blind Garden, greenhouse and more. Learn from the onboard guide about the extensive collection of native and exotic plants.

Punting and GondolaRide the Christchurch Gondola to the Crater Rim of the Port Hills, peering at the views through the cabin’s large windows. At the top, check out an exhibit about the dormant volcano and enjoy the vista over Christchurch, including Lyttelton Harbour and the Southern Alps.

Punting, Tram, Gardens and GondolaIncludes all of the above plus a tour through Christchurch's city center aboard the beautifully restored Christchurch Tram. Learn about historic landmarks from the driver, and use your all-day ticket to hop on and off at any of the seven stops including the Art Gallery and Canterbury Museum.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Experience part of the Botanic Gardens from the river while on board your Punt
Pass By:  
Avon River
Your Punting experience is on the River Avon
Stop At:  
Punting on the Avon
Punting on the Avon is an elegant, tranquil way to enjoy the river Avon
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The Punting boats are low in the River therefore you are required to bend down very low
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Christchurch Attractions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour?
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This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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We only did the punting portion and...
jessica.molinaro26
, Apr 2018
We only did the punting portion and really enjoyed it. It's very nice and scenic, and our captain shared interesting facts and history about Christchurch and the area. I wouldn't recommend doing the Botanic Gardens tour, as the gardens have free admissions and are more fun if you just wander around.
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This tour was great highly...
Gavin E
, Nov 2017
This tour was great highly recommend. Thank you
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Not much to do in Christchurch as...
Anson M
, Jul 2016
Not much to do in Christchurch as the city is still under reconstruction after the earthquake. This is what you shouldn't be missing out.
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The company was so helpful and...
Lisa F
, Aug 2015
The company was so helpful and friendly! We had most of the tour to ourselves and the guides were great. When there was a problem with the drive to the gondola, Pete the manager drove us both ways himself! Amazing service and a great way to see christchurch. Highly recommend!
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Was very peaceful and beautiful...
David K
, May 2015
Was very peaceful and beautiful would defiantly recommend and doesn't take long about half hour or so ride.
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A must do in Christchurch. I was the...
Lorraine y
, May 2015
A must do in Christchurch. I was the only one booked at that time and I had the punt all to myself for the same price. Such fun. The boys were so dapper all dressed up. They gave me a blanket the place over me to keep warm. Relaxing, informative, fun, peaceful. Photos taken and a package available.
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made welcome, relaxing on the river...
Richard B
, Feb 2015
made welcome, relaxing on the river watching different birds swimming and flying.
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Very enjoyable day, especially loved...
Dale D
, Sep 2014
Very enjoyable day, especially loved the punting. View from gondola was amazing.,
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Great value package. The punting down...
Willem K
, Aug 2014
Great value package. The punting down the Avon is not to be missed.
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Lors de la reconfirmation de nos...
Christine C
, Mar 2016
Lors de la reconfirmation de nos activités 24 h avant, la personne au bout du fil me dit qu'elle ne trouve pas mon numéro de référence de réservation. Je lui ai dit que tout était déjà payé depuis plus d'un mois , que j'avais le voucher imprimé, elle me dit de ne pas m'inquiéter et qu'il faudra juste que je me rende au bureau de ventes des billets le lendemain. Mis à part ce bémol, les activités étaient à la hauteur de nos attentes , surtout le gondola et le caterpillar.
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