Scarborough is a popular beach for surfing and fishing, while most people prefer to swim at nearby Sumner in the summer time. Facilities at the beach are excellent. The beach is not patrolled by surf lifegards, however Sumner Surf Life Saving Club is located about 500 metres to the north with patrols running throughout the summer months. Swimming is safest at the southern end of the beach while surfing conditions are more favourable at the northern end.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Boat launching
- Car parking
- Changing facilities
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
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Safety at Scarborough Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Scarborough Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Never swim or surf alone.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Scarborough Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►
The Water Safety Code:
- Be prepared
- Watch out for yourself and others
- Be aware of the dangers
- Know your limits
Scarborough is a golden sand beach located on the coastline of the Christchurch suburb of Sumner. It is 1000 metres long and bound by rocky headlands. The beach slopes gently into the ocean. A rock wall runs the length of the beach. Good facilities are located at both ends of the beach and parking is ample.
Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.
Beach Water Quality
Many councils provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.