There are a number of coastal areas within Christchurch City Council’s jurisdiction, including harbours, ports and estuaries; in particular, Akaroa and Lyttelton Harbours, and the Avon Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai.



Banks Peninsula has some stunning bays, beaches and coves. Many are secluded and offer a great day out.

Coastal hazards

The impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on coastal communities.

History of coastal areas

Background information about the coastal areas of Christchurch.


Ecological monitoring by the Christchurch City Council.

Swimming water quality

Recreational water quality results and overall bacterial risk results for most swim spots.

Te Ara Ihutai Christchurch Coastal Pathway

An aspirational walkway along the coast, connecting Ferrymead to Scarborough.

Tidal data

Record high tides prompted a 2018 review and update of tidal statistics for Christchurch coastal areas.


Find out if and when you need to evacuate.

Earthquake legacy project

South New Brighton and Southshore earthquake legacy project.