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Avon River

Christchurch, New Zealand
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Ranked #12 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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Adelaide, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Christchurch is a beautifull city, lovely markets be sure to go to some, the centre is a little old style,we were there before the quake,I think some of the town is shut off but there is a lot to see and do.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The river is wet and flows to the sea. Ducks swim on it and fish swim in it. We witnessed a gondola punting on it and some leaves floating on it. All in all it does what river should do. I would like to see it slightly warmer to allow for swimming.

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mold
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

didnt seem to be open when we visited in april but a great place to walk beside after the devastation and open bulldozed squauares of the city

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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

as above, even though it was on the damp side. terrific commentary throughout - loads of ducks on the river. a definite must do when in Christchurch.

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Butte, Montana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The recovery from the earthquakes is progressing well and the river was being dredged creating some problems with congestion, but the area is still beautiful.

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India
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10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

It is not a river in terms of magnitude, rather a stream very quaint calm lined with trees on both the sides. we did punting on the river. A nice experience

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Kone, New Caledonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Punting on the Avon is a wonderfully informative and old world experience. The young men punting are well informed, courteous and enjoyable giving you a sense of a past world. The punts are very clean, comfortable and stable giving a luxuriously smooth ride along a tranquil, shallow river. To be highly recommended.

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Troy
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Not much to see, due to rebuilding of town from earthquake. Did like the 9-11 memorial by the river, which was to thank the New Zealanders for their help.

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