Relax and Unwind on the Scenic Avon River
An iconic Christchurch attraction not to be missed, relax on board an informative punt ride and see the city from a different perspective. Sink back and admire the picturesque Botanic Gardens or glide through the evolving central city as your classically attired punter poles you quietly along the river on this eco-friendly activity perfect for all ages.
Choose between our two fantastic sites: float through the Botanic Gardens from our Antigua Boat Sheds landing or see the central city’s Avon River Precinct from our Worcester Bridge landing (please note this site is currently closed until December 2023).
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Please ensure you arrive at the correct location for your punting experience, and please arrive at least 15 minutes before your booking time to check in and undergo a safety briefing. Punts depart promptly at the scheduled time, and guests who do not arrive in time for their booked departure will not receive a refund.
Punting is an all-weather activity: our team supply blankets, umbrellas, and even hot water bottles in winter at our Antigua Boat Sheds site. You enter and leave the punt by stepping onto a secure platform. Please note that the punt seats are very low to the ground (much like sitting on the floor).
Please note that all standard punt rides are shared 30-minute rides. For customers wishing to take a private punt ride, our 45-minute private charters are available to book subject to availability from the Antigua Boat Sheds departure point (price on application – please contact our team for details).
Our Antigua Boat Sheds site is located at 2 Cambridge Terrace. Punt rides from this location travel through the tranquil Botanic Gardens, taking you up close to the flora and wildlife on a relaxing ride.
Each punt at this site can accommodate up to 8 people at one time, and bookings are essential: we highly recommended you schedule a booking time in advance.
Our Worcester Bridge site is located next to the Worcester Bridge near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace. Punt rides from this location travel past Te Pae Christchurch, the Christchurch Town Hall, Victoria Square and Margaret Mahy Playground, showcasing the evolving central city.
Please note that rides end at the Town Hall landing in Victoria Square.
Punts at this site can accommodate up to 6 people at one time, and it’s highly recommended you schedule a booking time in advance.
Please note this site is currently set to re-open in December 2023.
What people say
Such a relaxing way to spend some time on a nice afternoon.
I had a great time punting on the Avon River in Christchurch. The weather was perfect, the scenery was beautiful and the punting was a lot of fun. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative, and he made sure we had a great time. I would definitely recommend.
Unique historical and informative. Staff were friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.
A must go place in CHCH. My wife and I had a good time here. Surroundings are beautiful. Tom the punter is really nice. We also bought the photo when we left.
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