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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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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and...

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Quiet Adventure.

Punting! Relax, enjoy the River, the Gardens, the Trout and the Ducks, while you chat with a local boatsman.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
FarmerDick1683
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Punting! Relax, enjoy the River, the Gardens, the Trout and the Ducks, while you chat with a local boatsman.

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Holywell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Take a punt along the River Avon and listen to nothing but the sound of water lapping against the hull beneath you. What better way to see the city on a warm afternoon?

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I have now walked round the Avon last year & this. Still never go to go Punting on the Avon. Which looks like good fun. Everybody seemed to be having a really good time on it. Nice place to picnic & just watch the world go buy!

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Mojave California
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Not as much a destination as a landmark upon which to use as a reference as you walk through Christchurch. We made a picnic lunch and sat on a bench and watched the ducks and water flow by. Very scenic

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The Avon River meanders through Christchurch and is one of the Garden Cities standout features. It's source is in Avonhead to the west of the city and it flows through Canterbury University grounds and residential areas, before flowing through Hagly Park, the Botanic Gardens on its way to the sea. There is canoeing and punting available by hire but my... More 

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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

It's only a small stream, and does not have a lot of fish or other creatures. But at least it is clear water and ads some thing to look at.

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Braughing, Ware United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

The devastating earthquake of three years ago has not staunched the flow of the Avon. Not a large as its cousin in Bristol,England, it meanders through the park and is peaceful and tranquil. Nice place to sit by on a sunny day.

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Still a great ambience- a break from the sadness of destruction! Was so happy to find the Water Wheel,in tact! Boat shed and punting still functioning! Bravo!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

reached this at the Victoria square. Beautiful weeping willows along the banks of the shallow river; reminded me of Cambridge, England.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

A visit to Christchurch would not be complete without walking the banks of the river Avon. You also have the opportunity for punt boat hire if you desire something more challenging then walking. I had no trouble spending 2 hours walking both the Avon and the adjoining botanic gardens which are superb. My tip is plan your walk so that... More 

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