Punting the avon river
Relax and watch the city of Christchurch, from your punt on the Avon River glide into view. Your Edwardian styled punter (flat bottomed boat steered with a very large pole) is doing the hard work as you absorb the sights and sounds of Christchurch. Holiday smiles guaranteed. The punts replicate the original 1880’s punt design with plush velvet seats and an Edwardian dressed punter in their striped pants, braces and boater straw hat.
The most popular punting option is to join a 30 minute guided tour of the Avon. Tours start and finish at the historic Antigua Boatshed with its striped green distinctive facade. As there is no motor, just the quiet sound of a pole dipping in the water you will clearly hear the sound of ducks and the rustle of willow leaves brushing against the river.
Guests are supplied with
- Blankets, umbrellas and hot water bottles
- Commentary on the river and attractions
Antigua Boat Shed company offers several options for self-guided tours of the Avon from plastic hulled kayaks, canoes and traditional wooden rowboats. There is a cafe on site offering standard counter brunch options.
Punt Avon river in summer – pick up location
Worcester Street river ramp is an additional pick up location for punts on the Avon River.
You will pass the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens and perhaps, in summer kayak or punt to the scenic Mona Vale Gardens. Christchurch specialises in tours in the slow lane, join the Vintage Tram for a 17 stop excursion around Christchurch city highlights.
Otakaro Avon river loop riverside kayak & canoe launch ramp
The pedestrian / bike shared pathway and boardwalk is incorporated into the
section of Oxford Terrace, between Willow and Kilmore Streets. Around 17,000 plants are now providing a scenic upgrade to the area.
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