5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

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  • Location:Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration:Varies

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

Relax on a romantic 30-minute punt (flat-bottomed boat) ride along the Avon River in Christchurch. Float past willows lining the riverbanks as a punter, dressed in traditional costume, uses a long pole to propel you and your companions across the water while providing informative commentary. You’ll row past the city center and Christchurch Botanic Gardens, which you can opt to tour by electric shuttle. Other upgrades include a Christchurch Gondola ride to the Crater Rim and/or a Christchurch Tram 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

Explore the tranquil side of Christchurch with a classic boating, or punting, experience on the lovely Avon River. The narrow flat-bottomed boat, designed for small rivers and shallow water, is operated by a punter in period dress who shares information about the sights and history of Christchurch.

Traditionally, riders sit on low, cushioned seats, however higher seating can be provided as needed. Blankets, umbrellas and hot water bottles are available so you can snuggle up with loved ones in all seasons.

If you wish, book additional Christchurch activities with your 30-minute boat ride (see below).

Punting and Botanic Gardens
Tour the 52-acre (21-hectare) Christchurch Botanic Gardens by electric-powered caterpillar bus that allows you to hop on and off at the Rose Garden, Blind Garden, greenhouse and more. Learn from the onboard guide about the extensive collection of native and exotic plants.

Punting and Gondola
Ride the Christchurch Gondola to the Crater Rim of the Port Hills, peering at the views through the cabin’s large windows. At the top, check out an exhibit about the dormant volcano and enjoy the vista over Christchurch, including Lyttelton Harbour and the Southern Alps.

Punting, Tram, Gardens and Gondola
Includes all of the above plus a tour through Christchurch's city center aboard the beautifully restored Christchurch Tram. Learn about historic landmarks from the driver, and use your all-day ticket to hop on and off at any of the seven stops including the Art Gallery and Canterbury Museum.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The company was so helpful and friendly! We had most of the tour to ourselves and the guides were great. When there was a problem with the drive to the gondola, Pete the manager drove us both ways himself! Amazing service and a great way to see christchurch. Highly recommend!

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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