The Best Beaches Around Christchurch

While staying at Kiwi Basecamp backpackers in Christchurch, enjoying the sun, having a BBQ and making great friends, there are plenty of beaches to enjoy. Get your jandals on and the cricket set out and head to some some of the beaches below.

Corsair Bay

This beautiful bay only a few minutes’ drive from Lyttelton is the perfect place for a relaxing family picnic. Swim out to the pontoon or sunbathe in the grass while watching the kids play in the shallow water. There is no better way to spend a summers day!

Facilities – Toilets and changing rooms, carpark.

By Bus – Purple Line to Sumner change onto 535 Lyttelton/Rapaki.

Sumner & Scarborough 

A popular swimming and surfing spot, the sandy beach is also great for dozing in the sun or having a splash in the sea. If you feel like being a bit more active, the beach promenade is perfect for a stroll. Top the day off with a delicious ice-cream from one of the many ice-cream parlours. 

Facilities – Toilets and shower, surf lessons, cafés and restaurants.

By Bus – Purple Line to Sumner.

Taylors Mistake

The ideal for surfing beach. Situated close to Godley Head Recreational Reserve the area is also popular with runners, hikers and bikers. The tracks along the coast offer stunning views with wildlife spotting guaranteed. After your workout, the beach is great to take a quick dip in the cool water and dry off in the warm sun.

Facilities – Toilets and showers, car park, playground.

By Bus – Purple Line to Sumner and then walk the Flower Track in Scarborough down to beach.

New Brighton Beach

Famous for its pier and sea view library, New Brighton is also a water sport lover’s dream. Family friendly events are put on throughout the year with a real sense of community. Kite Day in January is one for the calendar!

Facilities – Toilets and showers, car park, playground, cafés.

By Bus – Yellow Line to New Brighton

Akaroa Banks Peninsula

Throw yourself into the water off Daly’s Wharf or go for a drive to explore the outer bays. Enjoy the cute restaurants & cafés along the waterfront in Akaroa, perfect for drinks and nibbles after a leisurely day.

Facilities – Toilets, carparks, cafés and restaurants.

By Bus – Akaroa French Connection or Akaroa Shuttle.

Waikuku Beach

A great beach for fishing, kitesurfing or simply spending a day out with family and friends. The domain has a playground, paddling pool, flying fox, tennis court, basketball court and a skateboard area. Explore the forest walks or try the 5 different golf courses located close by.

Facilities – Toilets, carparks, cafés and restaurants.

By Bus – Blue Line to Kaiapoi and then Bus # 951 Kaiapoi/Pegasus

Woodend Beach

The beach is popular and safe for swimming, surfing, walking, running, horse riding, and the playground area is a favourite location for picnics.

Facilities – Toilets, carparks.

By Bus – Blue Line to Kaiapoi and Bus # 951 Kaiapoi/Pegasus, then walk to beach (approx 4kms)

To ensure a fun and safe day is spent at the beach, please be aware of the beach rules in New Zealand. Find out more about NZ water safety tips.