Antigua Boatsheds


2 Cambridge Terrace
8001 Christchurch, New Zealand


+64 3 366 5885

NileGuide Expert tip:

even on a cold day punting can be fun ... but use the blankets. Nearly all children born in Christchurch learn to boat on this safe river


The Antigua Boat Shed were established in 1882 and many generations of Christchurch people have spent time messing around in boats hired from them.

The boat-shed was built by a couple of boat builders and is one of Christchurch's oldest buildings. Open all year, and with a cafe full of home-cooked food attached, it makes a great setting for all sorts of events - from weddings and cocktail parties to children's parties- as well as a simple family fun day in the park.

Canoes and paddle boats are available for hire and you can also be punted upstream, through the beauty of the botanical gardens - sipping champagne or tucking into a hamper of food is optional.

The current owners of the Antigua Boat Sheds have enjoyed running this business since 1987. "It's a life-style thing" I was told "our family loves not being confined to an office space" The fame of the boat sheds have travelled wide and far and some tourists have even come directly to the boat sheds from the airport I'm told


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