Avon River, Christchurch

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#2 of 14 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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  • October 3, 2017
    Lovely to follow it through the city. From Margaret Mahy Playground, to the Strip frontage, to Hagley park and the Earthquake memorial. its a snapshot of the city's history. Well worth a stroll.  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    Our tour group filled 3 punts for a trip down the Avon River, past the Botanic Gardens, a very civilised way to travel. The guys in charge were very informative of the birds, trees and flowers we pass...  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    A beautiful and tranquil river that just winds its way through this troubled city. Love the place and remember it well before the quake. I did a punt along the river and it gave me a little taste of B...  more »

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