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Glide down the tranquil waters of the Avon river - the way life should be!.


  • Take in the beautiful sights of the Botanic Gardens as you gently glide along the river
  • Enjoy informative commentary
  • A unique and relaxing experience

Glide down the tranquil waters of the Avon River.

Experience life the way it should be, totally relaxed, tranquil and thoroughly enjoyable!

Sink back into the opulent velvet cushions of your boat as the Edwardian punter gently glides you down the Avon River, through the beautiful historic inner city of Christchurch.

The City departure point takes you through the heart of Christchurch city, through the progressing Avon River precinct and past the many exciting developments that are underway as part of the city’s rebuild.

This is an iconic Christchurch experience. An attraction not to be missed!

Please NOTE as this is a very popular attraction and often completely full - trips must be taken at the designated time and failing to present at this time may result in ticket forfeit.

Additional Tickets: Additional full-priced tickets may be purchased as you proceed to checkout.

Departure Point: Antigua Boatsheds, 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch

Adult $35.00 (Aged 16+)
Child $15.00 (Aged 5-15 years)
Family $85.00 (2 adults + up to 3 children)


  • Allow approximately 30 minutes for the whole experience


  • Antigua Boatsheds, 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Infants aged under 5 years are free of charge.

  • In line with the governments traffic light system, vaccination certificates will be required at Punting on the Avon from 3 December for guests aged over 12 years and 3 months. Please present your My Vaccine Pass to our staff when you arrive, and remember to wear a face mask and scan in on arrival.

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


191 reviews

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aditya from New Zealand wrote on 18 June 2022

Beautiful day on Avon!!

Lovely sunny day, our friends from Wellington loved this Christchurch experience. We had a great time 👌👍

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Tracy from New Zealand wrote on 01 April 2022


Have been meaning to do this for a long time and had so much fun it was great , even better it was a beautiful day the ride is so calming would recommend to everybody.

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cyndiad from New Zealand wrote on 12 January 2022

Awesome experience in punting

Awesome experience

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Anne from New Zealand wrote on 05 October 2021

lovely lazy experience

This was the end of a rather hectic girls weekend, and it was the perfect way to finish. The boat was big enough to take all 6 of us and the chap wielding the pole was entertaining and informative. It was smooth and peaceful, and at $30 per person, it was very good value for money. The Bookme website had the wrong departure time advertised, but as soon as we booked we got an email from the punters to tell us of the difference. It was lovely on an overcast late spring afternoon, but it would be idyllic on a hot summers day.

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kelliec3 from New Zealand wrote on 01 May 2021

Great experience

Lovely time, enjoyed the ride, it was starting to get cold but a blanket was provided

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