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Avon River

Christchurch, New Zealand
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$20*
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Punting on the Avon River with Optional...
94%
Ranked #13 of 131 Attractions in Christchurch
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It was so fun to arrive in Christchurch and walk through the botanical gardens and along the Avon River. There were ducks with babies, beautiful flowers blooming, and nice walking paths that were well established. Highly recommended. We didn't have time to 'punt the Avon' which is where a guide will paddle you in a long shallow boat on a... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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204 reviews 204 reviews
20 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed seeing river flow though town. Like most water in NZ, very clear. Suspect when city is crowded it is hard to enjoy but it is rather unique and worth spending some time looking at it and photographing. We were not interested in a trip down it but suspect those are nice too.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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214 reviews 214 reviews
127 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

We went on a very fine warm day , no traffic on the Avon River apart from us.went in a punt and we were told some of the recent history and how it's recovering from the earthquake . Trip was a little shorter than it should have been so we had a small refund it was very graciously received.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Stunned to see such a beautiful river running along the city. Picture perfect beauty! The parks along the way is a must walk to see the city.

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Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Going for a punt on the Avon was on our to do list, my husband was dubious, but even he got into the spirit. It is relaxing, lovely, informative, funny and not to be missed.

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Bribie Island, Australia
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365 reviews 365 reviews
161 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This is the perfect place for a riverbank walk. So peaceful yet in the heart of the city. My husband & I have, pre quake, enjoyed punting on the river - a wonderful experience. However on a recent visit to Christchurch with my daughter, we couldn't find a boarding place for the punts - some were closed. I finally did... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

So much stress for the people of Chch following the quakes and the challenges of rebuilding so here is one of the lovely, peaceful, theraputic recreations with lots to look at including ducks, humans and little fishes in various states of activity, and with a nice canoe at a reasonable cost from a very polite and kind attendant. A romantic,... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

A very romantic boat tour. The private boat ride will be very apt for couples. The boats are beautiful and remarkably steady & safe. Enjoyed the very clean crystal clear river, beautiful trees,gardens. One would appreciate the beauty of the city after this tour.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Christchurch city centre is still horribly destroyed but this was nice to sit by in the city whilst we ate a picnic. There is still a lot of work happening on different parts of the river bank. Cherry blossoms in bloom, very pretty

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New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A scenic waterway that runs through Christchurch City. There are many walkways along the river side and many lovely trees provide shade. It is very picturesque, especially around the botanic gardens. It is used by the punters and you almost feel you are in an English village as you see them gliding by.

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