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Avon River

Address: Christchurch, New Zealand
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$20*
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Punting on the Avon River with Optional...
94%
Ranked #13 of 106 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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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

What a lovely, peaceful, serene little river. But also a great place for kayaking. Lots of ducks as well. Did not see anybody fishing however. Do the locals know something?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Definately worth a visit. Rent a kayak for $12 and spend an hour on the water, great fun and relaxing time.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

A beautiful spot in Christchurch, loads of ducks and very picturesque indeed. Wander along the banks for some peace and quiet and soak up the tranquillity. No need to punt the Avon when you can walk it for free.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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