Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), Christchurch

4.4
#2 of 6 in Beaches in Canterbury Region
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. Using our world travel planner, Christchurch attractions like Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A nice drive of about 30+ minutes from the city, pass many areas where earthquake damage still visible.Nice beach area, lovely Esplanade walk of about 2+ kilometres,very pleasant. Sumner has many cafe...  more »
  • For sure it is lovely but there is no refuge from all the dogs, it is somewhat irritating having to avoid the feces on the beach and upsetting watching the young children playing at risk. Some owners ...  more »
  • I visited this beach on a cold and windy day (poor choice on my part), however, the beach itself is really cool and it was so interesting seeing the neighborhoods and stores on the side of the mountai...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful beach, with a large open cave that is popular with locals and tourists, that can be walked through and walked over for some great views. There is a restaurant placed just on the edge of the beach as well that serves some amazing food, while giving front row views of the beach. Overall, an amazing little beach town that is a must visit especially in the hot summer months!
  • Nice beach not many options in Chch compared to Akl
  • Nice little beach. Definitely prettier than Brighton.
  • A wonderful beach side in Christchurch. Journey to the beach is very scenic. There are plenty of rocks on the sea to take some crazy pics.
  • Great beach for families

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