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Avon River

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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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Christchurch trip 2!

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... read more

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

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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29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A very pleasant place for a walk, a picnic or a punt. Just watch the weather and best plan to avoid the busy weekends.

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Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Beautiful shallow clear river that runs through the Botanic Gardens and Christchurch.You cant help but think of The Wind in the Willows as you walk along the paths beside it.We had a lovely punt on the river too. Well worth it.

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