Cityscape reveals why this sunny seaside village needs to be on your radar this spring.
There’s no better way to celebrate spring and the rising mercury than by indulging in a seaside escape and, with Sumner on our doorstep, it makes for an effortless getaway.
A short drive from the city centre, Sumner’s chilled village vibe is the perfect antidote to the city’s stresses. Nestled at the foot of Banks Peninsula, visitors are greeted by floral explosions and towering 100-year-old Norfolk Island Pines that indicate paradise found.
Whether you’re after breakfast with a view, a quick catch up for coffee with friends, a sun-drenched afternoon at the beach, spot of pampering or shopping, a night out or weekend away, Sumner’s seduction is endless. Foodies are well catered for with a bounty of international cuisine and who could resist drinking in the sunset, and a few cocktails, at the water’s edge?
For the more adventurous there’s a plethora of walking and cycling tracks, a trio of surfing options (regular, wind and kite) and the chance to get airborne paragliding.
Where To Eat and Drink
Underground Cafe - great coffee in a funky, relaxed setting.
Salt Bar & Cafe - modern cuisine with a Japanese flavour.
Ocean Cafe & Bar - casual dining with an ocean view.
Beach Bar - warm and cosy bar, casual dining and function venue.
The Thirsty Marriner - Sumner's international beer pub on the waterfront.
Clink Restaurant and Bar - contemporary dining and relaxed weekend brunches.
Sushi Hana - delectable sushi by the sea.
Cornershop Bistro - Sumner's local bistro with a European influence.
Red Snapper - Christchurch's freshest fish and chips.
Where To Shop
Milou - Jewellery, stationery, clothing and more.
Cosi Fan Tutte - A boutique curiosity shop with something for everyone.
Skout Gifts- whimsical wares and gifts unique, new, vintage, and upcycled.
Urban Surf - top fashions for men and women by the beach.
Where To Stay
Le Petit Hotel - elegant and charming French-style hotel by the sea.
Hair & Beauty
Harringtons- Hair and beauty treatments in a newly refurbished salon.
Walk this way
If you've overindulged on local gourmet goodies or are looking for a little more than a beachside stroll, you can get your cardio on with these back-to-nature walks to discover stunning panoramas and the area’s rich history.
Clifton Hill Walk Excellent views over Sumner and the estuary combine with a calorie-melting stroll up the Zigzag – one of Christchurch’s steepest and longest footpaths. Start at Mulgans Track next to 262 Main Road (opposite the Christchurch Yacht Club) and continue to Brownlee Reserve.
How long 1.15 hours
Scarborough Walk Soak up cliff-top views across Pegasus Bay all the way to the Kaikoura Ranges from Whitewash Head – home to the resident spotted shag population. Start at Scarborough Park and follow the signs to Nicholson Park. Head back on Flowers Track or kick on to Taylors Mistake.
How long 40 mins
Coastal Heritage Trail Tick off the highlights and increase your pub trivia knowledge as you meander along the waterfront from Moncks Bay to Rapanui/Shagged Pile (formerly Shag Rock then Shagged Rock) and Cave Rock passing information panels highlighting Maori significance and early European history.
How long 40 mins
Did You Know?
The rivers feeding the estuary provided inland access for the first European arrivals.
Sumner’s sand bar makes for tricky crossings: New Zealand’s first iron-hulled steamer Mullogh was claimed in 1865 when she ran into Cave Rock and created an instant beach party as her cargo of liquor washed up on the beach, while in 1937 wooden screw steamer Muriel got so stuck she had to be dismantled where she lay.