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Punting Re-Opens In City Centre

Punting Re-Opens In City Centre

One of Christchurch’s most identifiable attractions, Punting on the Avon, will start again in the city centre on Friday August 17.

Sixteen months after the February earthquake, Punting rides will again be available from the Worcester Street bridge.

While Punting rides at the Antigua Boat Sheds re-commenced at Easter last year and have proven to be as popular as ever with customers, the city branch has spent a year and a half inside the red zone. Now, with the shrinking of the cordon and customer access once again available Punting in the city is ready to go again.

Michael Esposito, Managing Director of the Wood Scenic Line Ltd which owns Punting on the Avon says it is an exciting and encouraging time in the recovery of the business and the city. ‘We are committed to the Christchurch re-build and delighted to be re-opening in the city centre’ said Mr Esposito. ‘It has been a challenging time since February 2011 but it is fantastic to now be in a position to start again. We are very grateful to CERA and the Christchurch City Council for their support and co-operation as we strive to re-instate our tourism businesses.

The Wood Scenic Line Ltd also owns the Christchurch Gondola and Tramway. It is anticipated that these attractions will be operating again by the end of the summer. Mr Esposito adds that his company has received ‘considerable support from locals, visitors and travel agents for having these activities open again as soon as possible’.

Punting on the Avon hours of operation: 10am – 4pm Mon-Sun

Departure point: Worcester Street bridge. Access from Gloucester Street by following the path along the river bank.



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