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.

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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.

The pathway is almost complete, with the last sections in Moncks Bay being constructed from November 2021 to early 2024.

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Project updates

22 December 2022

Cycle lanes will be reinstated and traffic layout will return to normal on Main Road as work on the Te Ara Ihutai Christchurch Coastal Pathway pauses over the holiday period.

Contractors Fulton Hogan have been working on the tricky final part of the Coastal Pathway between the eastern end of Redcliffs Village and Shag Rock, Sumner since November 2021.

The path between Tram Stop and the Christchurch Yacht Club will be ready for final surfacing when work resumes in the New Year and is likely to open to the public in February.

Traffic returns to normal on Main Road between Thursday 22 December and Monday 16 January. The estuary-side footpath from the yacht club to Shag Rock will remain closed.

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