5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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  • Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration:  Varies
Explore the tranquil side of Christchurch with a classic boating, or punting, experience on the beautiful Avon River. A punter provides informative commentary as he or she rows you and your companions past the city center and Christchurch Botanic Gardens in a narrow boat. You can upgrade your tour to include Christchurch Botanic Gardens tour, a Christchurch Gondola ride, or a Christchurch Tram's hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of downtown.


  • 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
  • Hear informative commentary about the sights as you glide along the Avon River
  • Opt to see the Christchurch Botanic Gardens aboard a hop-on hop-off shuttle
  • Ride the Christchurch Gondola to the top of Crater Rim for 360-degree views (if option chosen)
  • Board the heritage Christchurch Tram for a narrated hop-on hop-off tour of the city center (if option chosen)

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What You Can Expect

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

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Caterpillar Tour

Revel in a tranquil boat ride as you go punting along the Avon River in Christchurch. The flat-bottomed boat, designed for small rivers and shallow water, is operated by a punter who uses a long pole to propel you across the water. Dressed in a traditional Edwardian costume, your punter shares informative commentary about Christchurch history and the sights you pass.

Sidle up to your sweetie for a romantic ride, or take friends or family to enjoy the sights and history of Christchurch from the Avon River. Admire wispy willows that line the banks of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, among other scenic sights, on your 30-minute boat ride. And don't worry about the weather: Blankets, umbrellas and hot water bottles are provided to keep you comfortable in all seasons. Traditionally riders sit on low cushioned seats, however higher seating can be provided as needed.

Read on if you would like to upgrade for more Christchurch activities to pair with your punting experience.

Punting and Botanic Gardens
Upgrade to include a tour of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Spanning some 52 acres (21 hectares) of land next to the Avon River, the gardens house an extensive collection of exotic and native plants. An electric-powered caterpillar shuttle takes you through the gardens, and allows you to hop on and off as you like. The onboard guide shares fascinating facts about the plant life. You can visit the large greenhouse to see banana trees and other tropical plants, stroll through the circular Rose Garden, and smell the herbs in the Blind Garden.

Punting and Gondola
Opt to include the Christchurch Gondola ride with your punting tour. The gondola cabin is equipped with large windows so that you can soak up the views on a ride to the top of the Crater Rim of the Port Hills. The inactive Crater Rim volcano offers great views over Christchurch, including Lyttelton's harbor, the Southern Alps and the ocean. You can also check out an exhibit about the ancient history of these mountains and enjoy a snack in front of large windows in a cafe.

Punting, Tram, Gardens and Gondola
Includes all of the above plus a tour through Christchurch's city center aboard the beautifully restored Christchurch Tram. The tram tour combines history and sightseeing as your friendly and knowledgeable driver informs you about the landmarks and top sights. Stops include Punting on the Avon, Christchurch Botanic Gardens, the Art Gallery, the Gothic-style Arts Centre, and the Canterbury Museum. Your daylong ticket allows you to hop on and off the Tram at any of its seven stops.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A must do in Christchurch. I was the only one booked at that time and I had the punt all to myself for the same price. Such fun. The boys were so dapper all dressed up. They gave me a blanket the place over me to keep warm. Relaxing, informative, fun, peaceful. Photos taken and a package available.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Was very peaceful and beautiful would defiantly recommend and doesn't take long about half hour or so ride.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was very nice and quite

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

made welcome, relaxing on the river watching different birds swimming and flying.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent weather to top it all of thanx again

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very enjoyable day, especially loved the punting. View from gondola was amazing.,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great value package. The punting down the Avon is not to be missed.

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