We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (241)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good41%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hagley park”(29 reviews)
“lovely stroll”(5 reviews)
A unique part of the city, the Avon River sustains a diverse plant and animal life and is a source of many recreational activities.
Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-366 0337
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Avon River
from US$19.51
More Info
from US$59.93
More Info
from US$17.42
More Info
from US$13.94
More Info
Reviews (543)
Filter reviews
442 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews botanical gardens hagley park lovely stroll the heart of the city trout red zone beautiful trees new zealand punt banks ducks canoe waterway stream boats earthquake picnic
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 442 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

In borrowed bike and in our street clothes we headed out from Cashel St in the city centre to follow the Avon for a little while. Having threaded our way through the workers preparing for the lantern festival we discover signed for the “Te Ara...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DDDinOz2
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is worth checking out the new walkways along the Avon in central Christchurch. Wonderful new pathways for walkers and bikers passing some of the city’s sights. In the center of town you will find cafes and restaurants overlooking the river.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NZfour
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our gondolier was great. He had a fun sense of humor and was extremely knowledgeable. A fantastic experience. Everyone should try this

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ron-scottie
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was named by the Scottish Deans brothers as Avvon, after a river they'd fished in as boys in Scotland. the Maori name is Otakaro and for Christchurch - Otautahi

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HeatherH3808
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really lovely having this in our city. The trees look so nice and ducks also the option of boat and Gondola rides are great. Looking for fish and eels is fun. The boat shed restaurant is fun to to look at the river from as...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank nicky588
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Avon runs through the city and has an excellent pedestrian and cycle path running along it...everything is new, spacious and clean. It passes a few interesting older buildings and the memorial to those killed in the earthquake. It leads out of the centre to...More

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lockington58
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As the Avon meanders through the heart of Christchurch central you can see it in different aspects, a walk along through the Botanical Gardens, through the centre of the city, next to the marble memorial to the earthquake victims will all give you a different...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank jubaanne
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A beautiful river through Hagley Park. Lots of beautiful trees and gardens on banks. Parking good. Better on sunny days.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rodney B
Reviewed 18 January 2019

This little river winds its way through the Botanical gardens and Christchurch. It is a lovely to amble along the banks through the shady trees that line the river.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lene V
Reviewed 16 January 2019

We were lucky enough to have to singing gondolier guiding our boat through the tranquil and beautiful waters of the Avon, This is a must do for any visitor to Christchurch, even if you dont get the singing gondolier, you will still enjoy a spirited...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank _chezza2229
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 148 nearby hotels
The Classic Villa
306 reviews
.27 km away
The George Christchurch
1,621 reviews
.73 km away
Hotel Montreal
306 reviews
.74 km away
Flag Hotel Camelot Cathedral Square
52 reviews
.90 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,221 nearby restaurants
Zen Sushi and Dumplings
252 reviews
.36 km away
Fiddlesticks Restaurant & Bar
1,447 reviews
.41 km away
Cook'n' With Gas
385 reviews
.30 km away
Curator's House Restaurant
507 reviews
.10 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 476 nearby attractions
Canterbury Museum
2,479 reviews
.17 km away
Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
324 reviews
.31 km away
Peacock Fountain
148 reviews
.26 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Egg M
8 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from fludlle | Reviewed this property |
Hey there, you can pretty much just pick any part of the river and take a nice walk along it, take a look on google maps! It runs right through the the city so in the city parking would need to be paid for, my favourite... More