Avon River, Christchurch

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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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  • this is a long river, you need to narrow your search when looking for activities around Christchurch, there is parts of the river to go punting on, others for watersports like kayaking and rowing as w...  more »
  • We lucked into a perfect, sunny, 70F day in Christchurch and had a very nice and scenic ride along the Avon. The location from where you depart and return on the boats is around 100 years old and has ...  more »
  • Running through the centre of Christchurch, the Avon River was very pretty and offered many nice places to sit. There were punts on the river and the boat shed was quite busy with tourists wanting a p...  more »

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