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.

Te Ara Ihutai Christchurch Coastal Pathway

This pathway project provides access to the coastline between Ferrymead and Scarborough Beach in Sumner.

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.

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.