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Avon River

Address: Christchurch, New Zealand
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Punting on the Avon River with Optional...
94%
Ranked #14 of 108 Attractions in Christchurch
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A unique part of the city, the Avon River sustains a diverse plant...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A unique part of the city, the Avon River sustains a diverse plant and animal life and is a source of many recreational activities.
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Hong Kong, China
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79 reviews 79 reviews
29 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Well spent one hour. The punting is fun though not unique. Do it if you have some time to spare in CHC - which you probably will, not a lot else to do in CHC.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

What a beautiful river that meanders in the Botanic Gardens. Just to sit on the banks and watch the Gondala's being pushed up and down - just relaxing.

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durham
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73 reviews 73 reviews
36 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

To take advantage of this we went on a punt down the river, what a relaxing way to travel through the city, a beautiful afternoon, we could have been in Oxford.

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Very relaxing ride down the Avon River, see different breeds of ducks, insects, plants. Your punter will answer any questions you have about the river.Relax and be punted down the river to the sounds of the water splashing.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is the main river that runs through the city. Since the earthquakes the health of river has declined due to broken sewer pipes etc but a major piece of work seeks to improve the health overall. CERA, CCC & ECan are realigning the river in places and riparian planting with the aim of enhancing biodiversity. In partnership with Ngai... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

It's a very small river, but looks so peaceful. There are lush green plants on the shore and sometimes there are little boats come quietly passing by. The water is crystal clear. Great place to relax.

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Quathiaski Cove, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

As a child I used to live in Christchurch and would with friends sometimes catch a transit bus from our suburb, New Brighton, to downtown Christchurch and rent a canoe at the 'Boatsheds' near the current I-Centre and city museum for a few hours and paddle around on the Avon River there. This canoe-rental business had been going since about... More 

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

What a lovely, peaceful, serene little river. But also a great place for kayaking. Lots of ducks as well. Did not see anybody fishing however. Do the locals know something?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Definately worth a visit. Rent a kayak for $12 and spend an hour on the water, great fun and relaxing time.

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Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

A beautiful spot in Christchurch, loads of ducks and very picturesque indeed. Wander along the banks for some peace and quiet and soak up the tranquillity. No need to punt the Avon when you can walk it for free.

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