One of Christchurch's most iconic tourist attractions is back up and running 16 months after the February earthquake.
Punting rides are now available from the Worcester Street Bridge adjacent to the city's damaged red-zone.
While Punting rides at the Antigua Boat Sheds re-commenced at Easter last year 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" says 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."
It is anticipated that the Christchurch Gondola and Tramway will
be operating again by the end of the summer.