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The Esplanade | Sumner Beach, Christchurch 2004, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place not often visited by tourists- great cafes- Igot stung by a giant bumble bee and staff at a local cafe could not have been more helpful!!!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank _chezza2229
Reviewed 5 days ago

Enjoyed an ice cream and some fresh doughnuts on the beach then climbed up the cave rock to the top. A great view all along both sumner and Scarborough and even further along the coastline.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JonoGraham
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Walk along the beach from the other side of Sumner. Next to the playpark, which is in the pictures. You can park a lot closer to the cave. Went at low tide so don't know how bad it is at high tide. Some, ice-cream and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 422iana
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a gem of a beach so close to the city of Christchurch. We visited in the height of the New Zealand summer (Christmas and New Year 2018/19) and it was not busy so loads of beach to spare and to walk along.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bilbo15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great beach, close to Christchurch, there are lifeguards on part of the beach, surfing and no lifeguards on the other, cave rock is cool and the water is cold. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JDA60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very pleasant beach, readily accessible from Christchurch. You can walk around and in the caves of Cave Rock, which is a great thing for kids. Like most beaches in this part of NZ, not the best place for beach combing as the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PANC J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Any time I have less than half a day in Christuchurch, I rent a car ( or take a bus) and go to Sumner beach. It's beautiful, you can run around, go for a swim if you like the invigoration of cold water, climb the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Denis B
Reviewed 12 December 2018

If you like sitting a table by the beach and eating and drinking then this could be your spot. Food I found to be average, the wine list less than average but the location is awesome.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Graham S
Reviewed 11 December 2018

15 mins from CHC city this is great, was so nice to get out and walk around and enjoy the cafes which are right there. Awesome to be able to go through to the Cave and walk through at low tide. Great photos and great...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Darls01
Reviewed 10 December 2018

Went here two days ago for a surf and found a huge long beach stretching off to the North with a nice bay south towards the headland . Very picturesque with huge hills and the Banks Peninsular in the background. Lots to do here, plenty...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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