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  • Address: Christchurch, New Zealand
To the native Maori, the Avon River was an area of swampland which was used as a seasonal fishing spot. The area around the rivermouth was mostly uninhabited, and fresh water which trickled from springs was used for sacred healing purposes. 

Today the Avon is a meandering river which weaves its way through Christchurch, its mellow waters bringing a calming presence to the urban bustle of the city. The river bisects the western suburbs such as Riccarton and Fendalhead, and then passes directly through the center of Christchurch and sprawling Hagley Park. To the east of the city, the Avon finally spills into the Pacific not far from the beach town of Sumner.

In downtown Christchurch, punting on the Avon River from Hagley Park is a popular visitor activity. Sit back and relax as expert steersmen push the flat-bottom craft along the river, and watch as peaceful scenes of Christchurch drift along on the banks. The Avon River flows directly through the business district which was hardest hit by the earthquakes, and rebuilding plans are modeled around the river being a centerpiece of town.

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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Explore the tranquil side of Christchurch with a classic boating, or Punting, experience on the beautiful Avon River. A punter provides informative commentary ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $20.24
Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram, Christchurch, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Welcome aboard the Christchurch Tram! Travel on our newly extended track & enjoy this unique and historic way to view the inner city. Drivers provide a ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $16.87
Grand Tour of Christchurch Including Botanic Gardens Gondola Punting and Hop-On Hop-Off Tram, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Grand Tour of Christchurch Including Botanic Gardens Gondola Punting and Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 Reviews

Discover Christchurch on a half-day tour that includes transportation and tickets to the city's four top attractions. You’ll explore the Christchurch Botanic ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.03
Christchurch Sightseeing Pass, Christchurch, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Christchurch Sightseeing Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Visit four of Christchurch's top attractions with a sightseeing pass that can be used on different days, allowing you to set your own pace. Soar above the city ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $60.72
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Highlights City Tour, Akaroa, Sightseeing Passes
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Highlights City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Join this small-group shore excursion city tour of Christchurch, also known as the ‘Garden City’. Departing from Akaroa, arrive in Christchurch enjoying the ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.58
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

See the sights of Christchurch when your ship is docked in Akaroa port, then enjoy one of the adrenaline-charged adventures New Zealand is famous for on a wild ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.06
Discover Christchurch Sightseeing Tour with optional International Antarctic Center Admission, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Discover Christchurch Sightseeing Tour with optional International Antarctic Center Admission

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 11 Reviews

Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic view points on a half-day city tour of Christchurch. Wander the Monavale Gardens with pretty ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.22
Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Gondola and Avon River Punting, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Gondola and Avon River Punting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on a narrated tour aboard an open-air electric shuttle that provides unobstructed views of the Gardens' variety of ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $13.49

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