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

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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour
from £15.33
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 guides you and your companions past the city centre and Christchurch Botanic Gardens in a narrow boat. You can upgrade your tour to include the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour, a Christchurch Gondola ride, or a Christchurch Tram's hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of downtown.
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In Brief

Christchurch, New Zealand
New Zealand
1 day
Important InfoInfo
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.


  • 30-minute Avon River punt ride
  • Caterpillar Botanic Garden tour (if option selected at time of booking)
  • Tram Tour of Christchurch (if option selected at time of booking)
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines


  • Gratuities
  • Transport to/from the attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Punting On The Avon, 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.86 out of 5 based on the last 14 recent reviews

We only did the punting portion and really enjoyed it. It's very nice and scenic, and our captain shared interesting facts and history about Christchurch and the area. I wouldn't recommend doing the Botanic Gardens tour, as the gardens have free admissions and are more fun if you just wander around.
• Submitted 21 Apr 2018
This tour was great highly recommend. Thank you
• Submitted 25 Nov 2017
relaxing and fun
• Submitted 12 Sep 2017
Very relaxing and our punter was knowledgeable and very entertaining. The only thing you need to be aware of is that the seats in the punt are very low so you may have difficulty getting up. r
• Submitted 19 Jan 2017
Not much to do in Christchurch as the city is still under reconstruction after the earthquake. This is what you shouldn't be missing out.
• Submitted 13 Jul 2016
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!
• Submitted 31 Aug 2015
Was very peaceful and beautiful would defiantly recommend and doesn't take long about half hour or so ride.
• Submitted 28 May 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.
• Submitted 05 Jun 2015
It was very nice and quite
• Submitted 29 Mar 2015
made welcome, relaxing on the river watching different birds swimming and flying.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
Excellent weather to top it all of thanx again
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
Very enjoyable day, especially loved the punting. View from gondola was amazing.,
• Submitted 29 Sep 2014
Great value package. The punting down the Avon is not to be missed.
• Submitted 22 Aug 2014
Relaxikng hour through the gardens
• Submitted 08 Mar 2016