Christchurch & Hanmer Springs Best Attractions

Punting on the Avon

Refined, romantic and relaxing

An iconic Christchurch attraction not to be missed. Admire the trailing willows of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre.

Summer or winter, glide along the peaceful Avon River in Christchurch, wrapped in luxury, as a skilled punter propels you slowly along the water.

Our Punting tours are aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by the punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat.

From our Park departure point travel leisurely through the Botanic Gardens and enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna. Our City departure point takes you through the heart of our city through the progressing Avon River precinct and past the many exciting developments underway. The return trip takes approximately 30 minutes.

Please note that all punt rides are shared rides. For customers wishing to take a private punt ride, please enquire about our exclusive 45 minute private tour.

Open Hours

Winter Hours  10am – 4pm (1st May to 30th September)

Summer Hours 9am – 6pm (1st October to 30th April)

Park Landing Site: Antigua Boat Sheds, 2 Cambridge Terrace.

Christchurch City Landing Site: Worcester Bridge, Worcester St.

Please note that from 10th April 2014 the City branch will be closed due to unforeseen circumstances. We are looking forward to re-opening the City branch upon completion of in-river works by November 2014.

What you need to know

We have two landing sites: City and Park. Please ensure that you arrive at the right location when your punt ride has been pre-arranged.

Our punts hold up to 10 people. For bookings of more than 10 people we recommend two punts.   Punting on the Avon suits all ages. For safety reasons, children must be accompanied by a paying adult. We supply blankets, umbrellas and even hot water bottles in winter, so you feel snug if it gets chilly. You enter and leave the punt by stepping on to a secure platform, and please note that punts are quite low to the ground. Higher seats are available on some punts at the Park branch on request. Dress warmly on the day you go punting, and wear comfortable shoes.

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