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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

The city council have done a great job of highlighting the river and making this a lovely walk. Christchurch is a great city for walking - up there with London & Paris.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank QldScott
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful part of this lovely city. Plan to go punting or at least walk along its banks! There are a few memorials alongside it as well.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

floating down the avon, peaceful and tranquil, ducks, great oarsman. had plenty of stories to tell and keep entertained

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Pamikki
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

amazing river whether walking or sitting beside and relaxing with a picnic the Avon is truly a wonderful avenue to spend time

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Guide633889
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not do the punting, but we walked along the river, sat and rested, watched the ducks and other birds, and enjoyed the beauty. Definitely add to your list of things to do while in Christchurch.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KRGTEX
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It passes through many tourist attractions and fun to take ride in the river, The water is shallow barely 3-5 feet but crystal clear.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rishikesh_Pravasi
Reviewed November 10, 2018

I just love running by this river. I find it quite emotional still in places i.e. the red zone. To think of all the homes that once overlooked the river and the poor people who had to move following the devastating earthquakes. This is a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tracyabs
Reviewed November 3, 2018

What a beautiful river to walk along or punt if you have the time , we were very impressed on how well maintained all ang the river it is

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bodaleer
Reviewed October 10, 2018

One of the neat aspects of time spent in the town centre of Christchurch is the Avon River, which beautifully winds its way through the city. This is an attractive waterway with clear water, often times lined with willows. I enjoyed seeing trout near a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

Take the punt up this "stream" (it is not a river). It is relaxing and enjoyable if not a tad expensive for what it is.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Egg M
April 8, 2017|
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Response from fludlle | Reviewed this property |
Hey there, you can pretty much just pick any part of the river and take a nice walk along it, take a look on google maps! It runs right through the the city so in the city parking would need to be paid for, my favourite... More
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FlowergirlCanberra
Canberra
Trip report pt1: 2 wks South Island with kids aged 7 and 6 (4 Replies)
Thank you NZ! We've returned from our first ever overseas trip with kids in tow and we all had a fantastic time. Thanks especially to WanakaLakes and Coaster for your tips. I can't wait to go back one day! Day 1 – Sydney to Christchurch Arrived into Christchurch around 3:15 in the afternoon to a chilly 5 degrees. After checking into our motel we dug out the parkas and beanies and headed into town. We walked along the Avon river and into the central Cathedral square, which is picturesque...More
October 20, 2009|
Response fromZappers|
Great so far Flowergirl, although prices seem a little steep alround! Look forward to reading the next installment.
SgpGal8
SINGAPORE
Trams or Free City Shuttle in Christchurch (3 Replies)
Hi, to South Island experts out there, Our trip is confirmed. We will be in Christchurch on the 4th to the 6th Nov. Due to limited time, pls advise if I should take the tram rides or just the free city shuttle. Do both ply the similar route; city center. We plan to take the punting in avon River & the gondola on the 4th. My kids are keen to spend the day in Science Alive on 5th. Will be leaving for Arthur Pass on the 6th Nov. Thks in advance for your advice.
September 04, 2009|
Response fromYambagal|
Do both - they don't take all that long, and cover slightly different routes. The tram is iconic, and should be something the kids will enjoy. The bus, is just a bus ride ... but a very nice bus ride .... and it is free! Have fun.
S4bby
Singapore, Singapore
Travelling with a 2yr old toddler (14 Replies)
Hi ! We’re planning to visit the South Island for about 9-10 nights with a 2yr old in tow. We’ve however realised that a few of the activities that we are keen in are not child friendly. Eg, hot air balloon, Fox glacier, star gazing (earth and sky tour), sky diving etc. Should we still go ahead with New Zealand or postpone it till our kid is older ? Planned itinerary: 1. Arrive at Christchurch 2. Christchurch to Akaro - swim with the dolphins 3. Lake Tekapo Queenstown (staying 5...More
September 27, 2018|
Response fromQTN25|
Well you've got no time for the Franz Josef heli hike or Earth and Sky stargazing tour with your current itinerary anyway! Plenty of people travel with toddlers to NZ, what sort of things would you like to do with your infant?