Christchurch, South Island

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Christchurch Punting

Summer or winter, glide along the peaceful Avon River in Christchurch as a skilled punter propels you through a majestic wonderland.

Christchurch Punting

Christchurch Punting

Summer or winter, glide along the peaceful Avon River in Christchurch as a skilled punter propels you through a majestic wonderland. In spring and summer the sunbeams sparkle and ducklings dive; in autumn and winter the river-level view provides magical photographs. 

“Welcome aboard,” says your punter, dressed in Edwardian-style attire and wearing the straw hat known as a boater. Punting on the Avon is one of the iconic tourist attractions in Christchurch. Like punting at Oxford and Cambridge in England, our punting experience uses flat-bottomed boats with no keel, pushed by a pole. The punter stands on a platform at the end. The passengers sit low down, although high seats can be installed on request on some punts for your comfort and convenience. We supply blankets, umbrellas and even hot water bottles in winter, so you feel snug if it gets chilly. 

Admire trailing willows and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre while you relax.

We have two landing sites; the Park (departing from the Antigua Boat Sheds) and the City (departing from Worcester Bridge). Please ensure that you arrive at the right location when your punt ride has been pre-arranged. All standard punt tours are shared rides.

We are open 365 days of the year (25th December 10am - 4pm).

Park 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 - 6pm

City Landing Site

Worcester Bridge, Worcester St

Winter Hours (1st May to 31st September): 11am - 3pm
Summer Hours (1st October to 30th April): 10am - 4pm

Capacity: our punts hold up to 10 people. For bookings of more than 10 people we recommend two punts.

Essential Information
  • 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 on the day you go punting, and wear comfortable shoes.  
  • For your safety and comfort we provide blankets, umbrellas, and in winter a cosy hot water bottle from the Park Landing Site at the Antigua Boat Sheds.
Half-day itinerary

Experience the tranquility of Hagley Park or the changing face of Christchurch on your Punting trip. We’ll keep you snug with rugs and hot water bottles in winter, and in all seasons be sure to bring a coat in case you need it! To complete your half-day take a Botanic Gardens Tour, City Tram Tour or ride to the top of the hills on The Christchurch Gondola to take in the fantastic views. All three options can be experienced by purchasing our combos, saving you money and time!

Full-day itinerary

Experience Christchurch with us! Board our luxury coach for an interactive and fun guided tour of Christchurch. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation on request. Let us show you the best Christchurch has to offer; beautiful parks and gardens, quaint seaside suburbs and superb views of the city and surrounds. 

Your tour also includes Christchurch’s four premium attractions – Punting on the Avon, Christchurch Gondola, Botanic Gardens Tour and Christchurch Tram. It’s the very best way to enjoy Christchurch at the best price!

Two-day itinerary

On day one experience Christchurch with us! Board our luxury Grand Tour coach for an interactive and fun guided tour of Christchurch. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation on request. Let us show you the best Christchurch has to offer; beautiful parks and gardens, quaint seaside suburbs and superb views of the city and surrounds. 

Your tour also includes Christchurch’s four premium attractions – Punting on the Avon, Christchurch Gondola, Botanic Gardens Tour and Christchurch Tram. It’s the very best way to enjoy Christchurch at the best price! 

The next day take the Hanmer Connection shuttle bus to Hanmer Springs. Your 90 minute journey passes through beautiful scenery and you can be delivered to the Hanmer Springs Attractions river base or directly to the town centre. 

Take our free shuttle bus from your Hanmer Springs accommodation to the Hanmer Springs Attractions base at the river, only 15 minutes from the town centre. You'll find adventure and entertainment for everybody! Jet Boat the entire length of the spectacular Waiau River Gorge. Enjoy our relaxed Rafting trip or Canoe trip, both suitable for families.

Bungy jump from the 135 year old Ferry Bridge. Challenge the terrain, with river crossings, dust, dirt and excitement on a Quad Bike. Challenge a friend to Paintball or go Claybird Shooting with a real shotgun. Then return to the town on our free shuttle and bask in the famous hot pools at the end of your day!

Return to Christchurch on the Hanmer Connection or stay longer and do more….

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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.