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

May 12, 2019
Pim was our boatmen. He was funny and very informative about the history and knowledge of the wildlife along the Avon. Very relaxing. Recommend.

HAG93 - Kumara, New Zealand

May 9, 2019
The punter on my ride was Somers who had a quick wit, knowledge about the local area and water birds we rode past. It is an easy relaxing ride down the Avon with plenty of scenery. With the punter's English accent and Edwardian dress, it felt as if I was on a punt ride in Cambridge. Definitely worth a repeat visit for me next time I'm in Christchurch.

bsethu - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

April 24, 2019
The staff were friendly, funny and kind to the kids. It was a really peaceful and beautiful ride, and we enjoyed it very much!


April 24, 2019
We were on a cruise around New Zealand and stopped at Akaroa in order to visit Christchurch located about 1½ hours by coach away. Upon arrival, we boarded an open flat-bottomed boat known as a "punt" and began gliding along the Avon River. We sat back and relaxed as the punter, standing on the stern like a gondolier, propelled our boat by pushing a long pole against the riverbank. Shallow and tranquil with ducks gliding close by, the river is wonderfully narrow, providing us with a birds-eye view of the glorious scenery that has earned Christchurch the name of "Garden City". Don't miss it!

Eddiemack - Pompano Beach, Florida

Christchurch City Landing Site: Worcester Bridge, Worcester Street
Currently closed for winter: will reopen in spring 2019

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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