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

Highlights
  • 30-minute punting experience with commentary on the Avon River in Christchurch
  • Choose from several tour options to customize your Christchurch sightseeing experience
  • Upgrade to see more of the city at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Gondola ride, or Christchurch Tram
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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour
From US$19.51
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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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (20)
1 - 5 of 6 reviews
Reviewed 12 October 2018
Entertaining!

It was a short trip but worth it. Keith is very knowledgeable about the Avon river's history and the living things that inhabits it. Impressive,

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank advait2017
Reviewed 26 July 2018
Very relaxing and peaceful but too short!

Loved the punting experience on the Avon river. It was very informative, peaceful and relaxing. Met some swans on the way which was nice. The boat was cozy and the staff provided us with blankets and hot water bag which was very welcoming in the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Subarna G
Reviewed 18 July 2018
Relaxed and Comfortable, unique view of the City

A hot water bottle and a blanket, comfortable seat, just the thing for a punt in July, brrrr! Our punter was friendly, funny and full of information. It was a really pleasant way to enjoy the river, and see a different view of the City,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Ramplifers
Reviewed 29 June 2018
Very enjoyable and relaxing

We had a lovely time doing this activity. The punter was friendly and full of information. The boat has comfortable seats and since the weather was cold, we were given blankets and hand warmer. Very interesting experience as well as relaxing.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank agnessujanto
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile
Good experience.

This was lovely. The guide was helpful and informative. The young woman on the booking desk was very charming. We had glorious weather for our outing.

1  Thank JoS3410
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dddeframer
23 July 2018|
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Response from agnessujanto | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am not aware of that. There was no mention of any weight limit when I booked, nor on the day of the activity either.
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