Avon River, Christchurch

4.5
For an eco-friendly way to sightsee around the city, explore Avon River on a punting tour. Cruising on old-fashioned punts--flat-bottomed wooden boats--remains one of Christchurch's favorite activities and an easy way to discover this major waterway meandering through the center of the city. Punting on the river takes you along tree-lined banks and through the leafy landscapes of the city's botanic garden. If you prefer to sightsee on foot, walk through Christchurch's riverside neighborhoods to discover cozy alfresco cafes, quiet sitting areas, and lively promenades, ideal places for meeting friends and soaking up some local culture. Before you visit Christchurch, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • An absolutely lovely peaceful ride down the Avon River with our guide John who was fantastic very knowledgeable and easy to talk to got some beautiful photos and was given blankets and hot water...  more »
  • It's a good looking river, mostly clean, makes a nice sound, looks very refreshing. You have a nice walking path alongside and maybe some ducks, if you're lucky.  more »
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  • The Avon can be lovely and is home to many native species, such as Longfin Eels, however is suffers from significant pollution due to agricultural runoff and urban threats such as bacteria from dogs and heavy metals used in construction. With the proper care it could return to health over the course of the next generation.
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