welcome to sumner

Sumner is a seaside suburb located 4.3 kms to the Port of Lyttleton and 10.5 kms from the city centre of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Most residents would probably agree that Sumner includes all homes to the east of Peacock’s Gallop, or “Shag Pile” – the rock formation formerly known as Shag Rock before it was destroyed in the February 2011 earthquake. However, for Statistics New Zealand, Sumner begins on the eastern side of Richmond Hill Road. According to the most recent population count, Sumner had a population of 3,519 at the 2018 New Zealand census.

Sumner residents have a strong sense of community and welcome new arrivals. The village boasts beauty, charm, and character, making it a popular destination. The community offers a wide range of shops, restaurants, sports, and educational facilities.

Set inside a dormant volcano, Sumner’s unique geography enhances its peaceful, diverse atmosphere. With a rural setting at the back and a picturesque surfing beach at the front, it offers a unique opportunity to experience the sounds of the sea crashing on the rocks and sheep bleating on the hills, complemented by bellbirds and other birds singing a dawn chorus, all while being on the edge of a busy city.

Sumner’s microclimate and geography enable diverse horticulture and various recreational activities. Numerous walking and biking tracks are in the bush and on the beach, which are natural habitats to many wildlife and plant species. The area provides ample opportunities to enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and city views in the same panorama.

Sumner is a safe place for children who frequent the popular swimming beach and pool and play along the iconic landmarks. It is well-served by public transport, offering convenient connections for tourists and residents. For many, the ability to park their car on a Friday and not use it until Monday morning is a significant draw, as most facilities are within walking distance.

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