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Christchurch Punting & Wine
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Admire the natural beauty of Christchurch by gliding down the Avon River in a Punt boat, followed by a tour of the city's botanical gardens and a wine tasting at the Melton Estate. In Christchurch, you'll board an open, flat-bottomed boat known as a Punt and begin gliding along the Avon River. Sit back and relax as the punter, standing on the stern like a gondolier, propels your boat by pushing a long pole against the riverbed. Shallow and tranquil, the river is also narrow, providing you with a bird's-eye view of the beautiful scenery that has earned Christchurch the nickname Garden City.
You’ll get a different perspective of the flora in New Zealand's second-largest city by riding through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens in an open-sided shuttle called the Caterpillar. Founded in 1863 with the planting of a single English Oak tree, the gardens have grown to include nearly 75 acres of native species, rare plants, and exotic succulents. Then, it's on to Melton Estate, a boutique winery that produces numerous award-winning wines that include Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs, and Rieslings. You'll have the opportunity to sample some of the vintages while enjoying lunch.
Need to Know:
Note: Tour involves a limited amount of walking; however, guests must be able to enter and exit the punt which sits low in the water, from alongside the river.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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