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Christchurch Gondola and Punt on the Avon River

4.8 / 5

17 reviews

Activity provider: Christchurch Attractions

Christchurch Gondola and Punt on the Avon River

Activity provider: Christchurch Attractions

From US$ 41.46 per person

Jump on a classic Edwardian Punt along the Avon River for 30 minutes to see Christchurch. Then, enjoy spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and Alpine scenery aboard the Christchurch Gondola.

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  • Enjoy 360-degree views of Christchurch from the Christchurch Gondola cable car
  • Climb aboard an Edwardian flat-bottomed boat for a punt down the Avon River
  • Travel through beautiful Hagley Park or Christchurch city center
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See Christchurch from a different perspective with a combined Punt along the Avon River aboard a classic flat-bottomed boat, and a ticket for the Christchurch Gondola cable car.  Travel with a guide dressed in Edwardian costume, who will provide a live commentary as they punt you along the river. Blankets, umbrellas, and hot water bottles are provided on cold days, so don't let the weather put you off. Take a ride on the Christchurch Gondola cable car, and see the beautiful Alpine scenery surrounding Christchurch city center and its suburbs. Explore the history of the region in the unique Discovery ride, and pause for reflection at the Red Rock Café. Marvel at the Southern Alps to the west, and the Kaikoura Mountains to the north. To the south lies the beautiful harbor of Christchurch, and to the east is the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy 360-degree views of the plains, mountains, city, and harbor from the glass-enclosed cabin. Purchase souvenirs in the "Shop at the Top" once you reach the summit, or go to the Red Rock Café for some refreshments. If you are feeling more energetic, take one of the many walking trails, such as the hike to Crater Rim, formed by the volcanic activity that created Port Hills.

Travel back in time at the unique Discovery Ride, and learn about the development of the region.

  • Ticket for the Christchurch Gondola
  • Discovery ride
  • Punter and guide
  • Live commentary
  • Blankets & Hot water bottles on cold days
  • Food and drinks
  • Transport between attractions
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at the Christchurch Gondola Base Station (10 Bridle Path Road) or at the Antigua Boatsheds (2 Cambridge Terrace)

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please note that all rides are shared with other people unless a private Punt is requested in advance
  • Please bring a warm coat. The Christchurch Gondola is 500 meters above sea level and it can be cold and windy at the summit
  •  A public bus service is available between Christchurch city center and the Christchurch Gondola for an additional fee
  • You must prebook a time slot for your punt ride via the number shown on your voucher
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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 17 reviews

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Awesome activity for a weekend trip! I went with my sister to celebrate our bdays and it was amazing!!! we were so happy to go by bus to the gondola station and still get there on time! And all of that for just $2,20 each (taking uber would be $30) Very handy and cheaper option to see the entire Christchurch!!!

August 15, 2022

The views from the Gondola were spectacular and an amazing way to see Christchurch for my very first time, very relaxing ride and nice little walk once I was at the top. The Punt on the Avon River was very relaxing and the instructor shared a lot of history and had a good sense of humor. All round was an excellent experience and would love to do it all again.

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March 13, 2021

View from the top of gondola is amazing! Punting on the Avon river was so lovely, they even gave blankets and hot water bottle to keep us warm. Extra touch really appreciatedx

June 16, 2022

Product ID: 96687