Day trip

Christchurch Gondola and Punt on the Avon River

4.6 / 5

27 reviews

Activity provider: Christchurch Attractions
Day trip

Christchurch Gondola and Punt on the Avon River

Activity provider: Christchurch Attractions

From US$ 40.64 per person


Jump on a classic Edwardian Punt along the Avon River for a 30-minute ride to see Christchurch. 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 live commentary as they punt you along the river for a 30-minute ride. 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 and hot water bottles on cold days
  • Food and drinks
  • Transport between attractions

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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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What to bring

  • Warm clothing

Know before you go

  • After purchasing your tickets, please contact the activity provider and reserve a time slot
  • All rides are shared with other people unless a private punt is requested and paid in advance
  • A public bus service is available between Christchurch city center and the Christchurch Gondola for an additional fee
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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 27 reviews

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Very cool experience on the punt river. Saw huge eels & lots of ducks. We were a little underwhelmed with the gondola. It was super windy that day & it was about 20 minutes from the punt boats which we thought was an odd combo package. We ski, so we also might be jaded as we use the ski gondola at home all the time.

March 24, 2023

The Gondola ride was amazing and the cafe at the top has absolutely excellent coffee - the best. We had our punt ride booked for the morning but it was raining and they were very accommodating in changing our time to the arvo. The punt ride was just lovely and our punter Chris was very informative and good fun. Highly recommend both experiences.

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March 24, 2023

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!!!

March 24, 2023

Product ID: 96687