Punting on the Avon River

Relax and Enjoy the Tranquil Garden City

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What you need to know

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30 mins

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Open Hours

Summer: 9am – 6pm (1st October to 31st March)
Winter: 10am – 4pm (1st April to 30th September; also 25th December)

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All children must be accompanied by an adult
Children under 5 years are free of charge.

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Live commentary
Blankets if the weather is cold
Umbrellas & waterproof blankets if raining

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Customer Reviews

September 20, 2018
Booked this as part of a combo package with Christchurch attractions and really enjoyed it. It was a warm spring day which made the journey more enjoyable. Staff were friendly. Highly recommend.

LeighK82 - Melbourne, Australia

August 24, 2018
We came along on a cold mid winters morning, and jumped aboard the boat, they gave us a hot water bottle and blanket to keep warm which was a nice touch. we navigated up the waterway, with a very friendly and knowledgeable guide who provided commentary on points of interest. t was very relaxing, just soaking up the beautiful scenery and tranquility, a great way to explore the river, and sights

Craig M Auckland, New Zealand

August 24, 2018
We did this as part of a tour so I do not know about the individual price, but it was a thoroughly relaxing and fun experience. We had a friendly, funny, informative guide/punter, who kept us entertained during the smooth ride but also gave us time to simply enjoy the peacefulness (despite it being right downtown) on the small river. On a mid-Winter morning, we were the only boat on the Avon; we were told told that the river is a much more crowded during the warmer-weather months. While it was chilly during our visit, we were provided thick, warm blankets, which worked wonderfully. Floating down the river, you'll pass parks, bridges, sculptures, and interesting architecture throughout the 30 minute or so trip (up to a point and back). A highlight for me were all the ducks! There were several beautiful Paradise Duck pairs among the mallards and Canada Geese. Most kept at least a little distance from the boat, but one, the engaging "Herman," is very forward in his demands for snacks from the passengers; we did not give him anything, and he seemed to haughtily give up after quacking at us loudly for several minutes from right beside our punt. (However, whether optimistic or forgetful, he tried again on our return trip.) It would have been fun if we could've tried punting ourselves briefly during the ride, but I can only imagine how many of us would-be punters would end up in the water, not to mention the increased rate of collisions in the crowded periods.

JohnsonIV - Oxon Hill, Maryland

August 15, 2018
We had such a relaxing trip this morning. Before we left chch. I was worried it might be to cold but wasn't at all actually with the hottys and blankets quite the opposite. I also wasn't certain how my young kids 3&1 would handle it but Mr3 was mesmerized and wee miss was great too kept dozing off. We found it funny that our tour guide was a Dr! But he was great at touring so I would bet would be a good Dr too thanks so much for the experience!


Christchurch City Landing Site: Worcester Bridge, Worcester Street (please note this site is currently closed)

What you need to know

Please ensure that you arrive at the right location when your Punt ride has been pre-arranged. Please note that bookings are recommended.

Our park landing site Punts hold up to 10 people. For groups of more than 10 people, bookings are highly recommended. 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 landing site on request. Dress warmly on the day you go Punting, and wear comfortable shoes.

Please note that children are classed as being from 5 – 15 years of age. All infants aged under 5 years must be seated beside an adult in the Punt.

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