Avon River, Christchurch

4.5
#1 of 12 in Nature in Christchurch
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. Plan my Christchurch trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • It was relaxing to sit on the banks of the Avon and watch the river ebb and flow while the gondolas and paddle boats sliced gently through the water. A great place to collect your thoughts and spend t...  more »
  • Small river that winds through the city and mainly crossing the large parks christchurch presents us. Apparently not polluted. As we visited her in early spring, we had the opportunity and the luck of seeing dozens, perhaps hundreds, of cherry trees in bloom in one of these parks. It was very beautiful.
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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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