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Avon River

Christchurch, New Zealand
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Ranked #13 of 131 attractions in Christchurch
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
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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Wiscasset, Maine, USA
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89 reviews 89 reviews
40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Although we did not go punting, we truly enjoyed walking the banks through the gardens, and feeding the ducks, especially the unusual Shellbacks indigenous to the South Island.

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Newcastle, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Despite the damage to most of Christchurch, the Avon river was an attraction we couldn't resist. We enjoyed the punt ride, being poled along by a well-informed fellow. The ride was shorter than I'd imagined, but it was well worth it.

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Seattle
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196 reviews 196 reviews
46 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We spent a leisurely half hour punting on the Avon, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The employees at the boatshed are all dressed in period costume and it feels very genteel (except for the annoying fellow passenger who spent half the trip talking on her cellphone). After seeing all the debris and destruction of the CBD, it was lovely to relax... More

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Bundaberg, Australia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
85 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

A beautiful river amidst a lovely park setting and so peaceful ... hard to realise you are in the middle of a bustling city. A great retreat.

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London ontario
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61 reviews 61 reviews
41 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We had a free day in Christchurch so I went to see the Botanical Gardens and as I walked along the Avon River pathway I noticed some people in small punt boats enjoying the river. Even though severe flooding had occurred about a week before it was a pleasant quiet trip and very reasonable in price.

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87 reviews 87 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We had a lovely sunny morning for this trip. The young man that steered the punt was so nice and had lots to tell us. Great skill steering and manoeuvring the punt. It was only 20 mins, but wonderful to do, if you go into the botanical gardens and go on their punt you get discount .

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Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Loved the river. Punting was fun. The you guy going the punt was very polite if a little shy. Would definitely take friends on it again if returning. Check out bookme.co.nz and you can find half price tickets.we paid full price. Doh!

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Denver, Colorado
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Beautiful little river running through Christchurch. We walked along it for a way- crossing bridges and sight seeing. Near it are the ruins of the city center, much damaged during the great earthquake. They have torn down much, rebuilt much, and are still working hard to restore the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Nice river with plenty of friendly ducks to see. Great place to open up that book you've been wanting to read.

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Singapore
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Don't leave Christchurch without interacting with the vegetation along the Avon river! The botanic gardens near the river is also another must-see!

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