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Avon River

Christchurch, New Zealand
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Ranked #11 of 129 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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English first
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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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20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It is amazing, it is so clean and well kept all along its banks, but that's New Zealand, so beautiful and clean.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The Avon River is very narrow at times and also doesn't get very deep. It's a great spot to take a kayak or canoe. It's very scenic amongst the town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A lovely walk along the river with pretty little bridges and mature planting. The botanic gardens nearby and museum too.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I went to sit down by Avon river few times while i was in city, ate take away Sushi looking over the River, so calm and relaxed.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The great river flows like a serpent through the Garden Vity and passes so many places of interest. Hagley Park is its great neighbour, but it can be seen near the Hospital where you can get a ride in a punt or hire kayaks or peddlelos to travel the river for your self. Although it is not deep, there are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This river runs quietly in Christchurch. It's absolutely beautiful on a nice sunny day settled under a tree reading or just taking in the stunning views. To a leisurely stroll along the well maintained paths. I found myself here a few times while I was in Christchurch. Excellent place for a family to visit. Nice open area for the kids... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Nice, picturesque river winding trough downtown Christchurch. Have rides you can book. Makes for a nice walk.

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Klang, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

One may take the punting service to "cruise" along the Avon River, and explore the riverbank along the journey. During spring, one may see ducklings dive or swim not far away from the punting you're taking.

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