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.

Coastal Pathway photo

The Pathway is a joint project between Christchurch City Council and the Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group(external link). 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, and a section between Shag Rock and the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club are complete. Both sections are already attracting a growing number of cyclists and pedestrians.

Moncks Bay section

The funding for the final section of the Christchurch Coastal Pathway around Moncks Bay has been announced by the Government(external link) as part of their shovel ready projects to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

The Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board has approved the detailed design and construction phase of the Moncks Bay section following community consultation late last year. Councillors have also approved a reduction in the speed limit on Main Road around Moncks Bay to 40 km/h from the present 50 km/h. The 40 km/h speed zone will also apply to Cliff Street, Wakatu Avenue, and Bayview Road.

The community response to the proposed design was overwhelmingly positive, with a few tweaks to the plan regarding no stopping lines and the removal of the proposed angle parking in Cliff Street and Bayview Road. The pump station car park layout will also now allow car and trailer parking for boatshed users.

Construction will start around the middle of 2021.