Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), Christchurch

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#3 of 12 in Nature in Christchurch
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A seemingly endless stretch of white sand merges with the clear sea at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)--a favorite getaway among locals. Have a picnic, or bring a book and some coffee, and unwind in the peaceful surroundings interrupted only by the sound of the waves. Swim in the warm waters, or bring your surfboard to take advantage of the tide. Lots of nearby cafes and small restaurants add convenience and atmosphere, as do the four-legged guests on this dog-friendly beach. Put Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Christchurch vacation planner.
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  • Sumner beach has good landscapes for photographers. The beach is clean. Am not sure whether it is safe for swimming. A scenic, romantic place for spending 1-2 hours.  more »
  • Loved the place, refreshing and stunning beach for miles. We loved the walk and sunset is so beautiful.  more »
  • We stayed @ an Airbnb locally. Enjoyed the esplanade; the friendly feel of the village; local Vietnamese restaurant (although some odd additions to the menu) good food. So nice being away from the mis...  more »

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