Summer or winter, glide along the peaceful Avon River in Christchurch as a skilled punter propels you through the picturesque Botanic Gardens. In spring and summer the sunbeams sparkle and ducklings dive; in autumn and winter the river-level view provides magical photographs.
Sit back, relax, and watch the flora and fauna pass by as you are guided slowly along the river with thoughtful commentary from your Edwardian-attired punter. Our sturdy handcrafted punts are locally-made and are suitable for all ages, and blankets and umbrellas (as well as hot water bottles in winter) are supplied to ensure you are kept cosy on board.
The 30-minute shared rides depart from and end at the historic Antigua Boat Sheds.
A must-do iconic activity for Christchurch locals and visitors alike!
Antigua Boat Sheds Landing Site
Antigua Boat Sheds, 2 Cambridge Terrace
Winter Hours (1st May to 31st September): 10am - 4pm
Summer Hours (1st October to 30th April): 9am - 4.30pm
- Punting on the Avon suits all ages.
- You enter and leave the punt by stepping onto a secure platform.
- The return trip takes approximately 30 minutes.
- Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
- Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.
- For your safety and comfort we provide blankets, umbrellas, and in winter a cosy hot water bottle.
See the Best of Christchurch
Combine your Punting on the Avon ticket with entry to the Christchurch Tram, Christchurch Gondola or both activities. With the option to enter all three sites in the same day or to visit the attractions over two or more days, our discounted combo tickets are a great option for those wanting to explore the city.
Experience Hanmer Springs
Visiting Hanmer Springs? Our Hanmer Springs Attractions site offers plenty of family-friendly activities only 90 minutes from Christchurch. Opt for a thrilling Jet Boat ride, Rafting or Canoe trip on the gentle Grade 2 Waiau River, an Off-Road Buggy adventure or Paintball. Quad Biking, Clay Bird Shooting and Bungy Jumping are also on offer for adults and older teens.
With hot pools, walking and biking tracks and more in the village, a visit to Hanmer Springs makes for a great day trip from Christchurch or an extended stay getaway.