The Christchurch Coastal Pathway will provide access to the coastline between Ferrymead and Scarborough Beach in Sumner. It connects communities along its route, and protects and enhances the wildlife along the way.
The Pathway is a joint project between Christchurch City Council and the Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group. Once complete the pathway will be 6.5km long, stretching from the Ferrymead Bridge to Scarborough Beach in Sumner.
The first 3.5km of the pathway between the Ferrymead Bridge and Beachville Road in Redcliffs is complete and already attracts a growing number of cyclists and pedestrians.
Construction of the next stage between Shag Rock and the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club started in October 2018. This stage will take about a year to build and involves building a coastal protection rock wall with a four-metre-wide shared asphalt pathway on top. Access to Sumner Beach from the pathway will be reinstated at Shag Rock, as well as at several other locations along the route. At the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club the path will transition to a wooden boardwalk at beach level.
Native planting will be added along the route and the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club carpark will be upgraded as part of the work.
The funding for the final section of the of the Christchurch Coastal Pathway is currently in the Council's Long Term Plan for the 2026/27 and 2027/28 years. Some initial design work is currently being worked on.