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The Esplanade | Sumner Beach, Christchurch 2004, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

After having lunch at Beach cafe nearby, we walked through cave rock and along Sumner Beach. Lots of people enjoying their surrounds - especially the children!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Grandview301
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sumner beach is a great place for a beach walk or swim. There’s a bit of post quake repair work being undetaken at one end but it doesn’t detract from the beauty of this beach. If you walk to the end towards the hill you’ll...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Maire M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sumner Beach is a (relatively) long drive from Christchurch,and on the occasion's I have been there I have found it grossly overpriced for food and drink,quite unfriendly and frequently the beach has noticeable amounts of dog excrement on it- it is considered to be 'better'...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TheC52
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sumner is always a good place to visit and spend some leisure time. Even on a colder day, beach walks are great and enhanced by the expectation of a nice hot coffee and eats afterwards .- and even better still, to enjoy nice places with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank djmcc50177
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful day to be by the sea. The upgraded water area and playground is excellent at the end of the esplanade, but the toilet area very disappointing, dirty and unkempt. Sumner is always good for a seaside visit

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Christine W
Reviewed 10 February 2019

We wanted to get out of town for a day and set off for Sumner. It is a quaint seaside resort with all the facilities you need for a great day by the sea. Highly Recommended

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Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lockington58
Reviewed 6 February 2019 via mobile

A short bus ride from central Christchurch this is a stunning beach to visit. The town is a bit unassuming but there are a couple of good restaurants on the beach front.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JC1LondonEngland
Reviewed 27 January 2019

Easy to hop on a bus from the bus interchange and 20 minutes later you are in central Sumner to enjoy some sea air and a long dark sand beach. Lots of families enjoying the water and sunny day. We picked the wrong place for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jubaanne
Reviewed 19 January 2019

Very interesting & fun for the kids. Cafes near by and plenty to do. Surfers add an other interest. Parking plentyful.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rodney B
Reviewed 16 January 2019

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
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