Generations of Cantabrians (locals) have promenaded down the Esplanade, which overlooks this idyllic stretch of ocean, renown... More
Generations of Cantabrians (locals) have promenaded down the Esplanade, which overlooks this idyllic stretch of ocean, renowned for safe swimming and good surfing. Dominating this patrolled beach is Cave Rock, a protrusion of volcanic stone through which the sea has eroded a large cavern. At low tide you can walk right through the cave to an assortment of limpet-encrusted rock pools, each one a tiny, self-contained ecosystem. Beware of deep holes scoured around some rocks. Toilets and changing sheds are available. There are also plenty of cafes and stores on The Esplanade and in nearby Sumner village.
We stayed at a B&B right on the beachfront in Sumner. This was our first trip to New Zealand and we happened to drive past. What a glorious spot. Our room overlooked the beach was beautifully decorated and spacious with its own bathroom, the views when having breakfast were outstanding. We would recommend this B&B to anyone, why on earth anyone would want to stay in ChCh city beats me. We were amazed by the variety of restaurants in such a small place. Great food, lovely beach walks and watering holes. Lovely place.