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Punting on the Avon River

Summer or winter, glide along the tranquil Avon River in Christchurch, as a skilled punter in traditional Edwardian attire propels you slowly along the water.

Avon River punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by your punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat. An ideal group or family activity, punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective.

From the Park departure point, located just 1km from Distinction Christchurch Hotel, travel leisurely from the historic Antigua Boat sheds, through the Botanic Gardens, and enjoy the spectacular flora that our ‘Garden City’ is famous for. Alternatively, the Mona Vale departure point takes you around the historic Mona Vale estate, meandering through a beautiful interpretation of a classic English garden (Mona Vale available during weekends only during summer). The return trip from either departure point takes approximately 30 minutes.

Please note that all standard punt rides are shared rides. For customers wishing to take a private punt ride, exclusive 45 minute private tour are available.

For more information visit the Punting on The Avon website or contact our friendly Distinction Christchurch Hotel team who can provide assistance with information and bookings.

An iconic Christchurch activity not to be missed. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre as you are expertly guided gently along the Avon River on an authentic Edwardian punting tour.
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