Sumner beach is top in city

POPULAR: The construction of changing sheds in Sumner will go ahead – in spite of losing more than half its funding. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

It’s official – Sumner beach is the best in the city.

It is the only beach from Christchurch to feature in the AA’s top 10 family favourite beaches.

AA Traveller marketing manager Rhys James said a beach’s popularity with parents was gauged by what else was available in and around where they are spending their day.

“They’re looking for a beach that offers safe swimming, but beyond that they also want good facilities, including barbecues and playgrounds, walking and cycling tracks and places to eat nearby so they can really make a day of it,” he said.

“They’ve found a place that works for everyone, but we want to show Kiwis that there are plenty out there to choose from, so don’t be afraid to head to a new place this summer.”

Top 10 NZ beaches

Te Tii Bay, Paihia

• Matapouri Bay, Northland

• Cheltenham Beach, Auckland

• Long Bay Regional Park, Auckland

• Oriental Bay Beach, Wellington

• Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson/Tasman

• St Clair Beach, Dunedin

• Caroline Bay, Timaru

• Sumner, Christchurch

• Rabbit Island, Nelson

– NZ Herald