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Address: Christchurch, New Zealand
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
Description: A unique part of the city, the Avon River sustains a diverse plant and...
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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More of a stream rather than a river.

This is a narrow river, going through the devastated city of Christchurch. The area surrounding the river banks is sadly partially in ruins, and the river itself provides a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This is a narrow river, going through the devastated city of Christchurch. The area surrounding the river banks is sadly partially in ruins, and the river itself provides a glimpse of life and continuity in the city. The water flow is quite slow, which allows locals and tourists hire boats for some paddling on the river.

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Bandung, Indonesia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I loved watching ducks happily swimming on it. We also rent a canoe, and quietly enjoyed punting along this lovely blue river.

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Porirua, New Zealand
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153 reviews 153 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A lot of interesting work in progress around the avon, can't wait to see the finished product. A pleasant walk on its banks

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The rivers central to the city, you can hire a canoe or have one of the splendid gentlemen take you on a leisurely boat ride as they pole their way through the Botanic gardens, passing families and lovers whiling the day away under the tree canopy. Picnics on the bank are a must or pop into the Boathouse cafe for... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a punt along the Avon, it was a magical and fun trip. People on the banks waved, we chatted with our fellow puntees and our hard working guide. The gardens along the river were lovely and despite seeing some Earthquake damage, in many ways it was time out from the CBD's sad state.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

What a relief that this river was untouched by the earthquake. It was still the most reliable landmark when our GPS failed! A bit like going to Ballentines....here I am in the city I knew.

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Chatan-cho, Japan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

My husband and myself visited Christchurch for only a quick day before our flight home after a busy 11 days exploring both the North and South islands. We wish we could have had more time in Christchurch but punting on the Avon was a definite highlight! After a very adrenaline-filled and exhausting (though amazing) 11 days, we both could have... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

We took the grandchildren from the boat sheds near enterance to Botanical Gardens for a hour hour row A geat time as we took some bread for the ducks and had a stroll through the beautiful gardens On a nice day magic

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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26 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The Avon river, a river where you can always see the bottom, yes it's clear but it's so shallow, most places you could just about jump across, I don't reccommend it however as it does have steep banks in places. There's always somewhere quiet to relax, sit down relax read a book, nap play a game with the family or... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is such a beautiful part of Christchurch. However it was sobering to see so much quake damage and lovely homes reduced to rubble. Even so the paths and the trees are just beautiful and the fish and ducks are returning in numbers.

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Address: Address: Christchurch, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch

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