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New owners!

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Welcome to Max Earnshaw and Liz Anthony, the new owners of Abbott House B&B.

Max & Liz moved in about the 18th of July and already have some changes ie improvements in mind.

It’s been our pleasure to own and run Abbott House for the last 16 or 17 years.

We have downsized to a 2-bedroom townhouse very close by.

All the best, Chris & Janet Abbott

Ferrymead Bridge re-opens – after over 4 years!!

Friday, March 20th, 2015

At long last, the new Ferrymead Bridge has opened – but there’s still some more work to go… It should be completed in July (2015).

For more see Stuff article.

Why New Zealand’s so damn good

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Or as an ancient Maori proverb says:

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!


For an English article reflecting the same reasoning see Stuff..


Sumner Rocks Village Street Party – December 12 2015 11am – 6pm

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Update 12Feb15.

Hi everyone,
Sadly we have had to postpone the Sumner Village Street Party this March.
Two days ago we received a notice from SCIRT to inform us that works on the wastewater pipes on Wakefield Ave was to be brought forward from April to the 24th February, lasting nine weeks and bringing traffic diversions, limited parking and the noise/disruption.
This not only implicates the Street Party but also comes at a time that that will negatively impact many businesses, given February and March is ‘high season’ in the Village particularly with international tourists. A good majority of us rely on the trade in these good months to get through the winter months.
We feel it is in our best interest to see if this timing can be shifted and to that end met with Fulton Hogan/SCIRT this morning to discuss what we can do. Their hands are tied it seems, we need to go straight to the top to see if they can move the works back to the proposed April/May – when the impact wont come as such a blow.
So, at this point we have picked our battle which puts the Street Party on the back burner, as we wont be sure of the outcome for some days.
A new date has been set for next summer – Sunday 6th December – A Christmas Street Party!
We hope that this date could work for everyone, it would be great to hear expressions of interest. Although no doubt we will be making contact again come October.

If you would like to support us in pushing these dates back, I would happily forward your emails to CERA and SCIRT.
Ruth Dyson, Nuk Korako and Paul Lonsdale have expressed their willingness to go into bat for us too.

Kind regards,
Kath Cross
Street Party 2015

Original Post 10/2/15 follows

As usual the party will be held on the Sumner Village Green, 16 Wakefield Avenue, corner of Nayland Street, here in Sumner,.

The party is 3 blocks walk along Nayland St, back towards Christchurch City.

Sunday 1 March 2015 11:00am – 6:00pm

Sumner is Christchurch’s best beach

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

It’s not news to us, but a recent survey of New Zealand’s best beaches rates Sumner beach as Christchurch’s best, albeit some way behind other beaches in the South Island.

What the article fails to mention is that the smaller local Scarborough Beach has many other attractions, especially for our guests.  Not only is it closer, less crowded and within 5 minutes walk, but the beach has a gentler slope  meaning that it is often safer for little ones. The beach is tidal and accessed by many paths between rocks.  It is best used at or around low tide, especially when the surf is up.  As always safety in the water is your direct responsibility!!

There is a great cafe – Ocean Cafe & Bar – between the beach and the new paddling pool (new as of XMas 2014).

The Learn to Surf school is 3 blocks away, 2 blocks towards Sumner Village from the end of Menzies St.
You can phone Aaron and his team direct on 0800 80 SURF ie 0800 80 78 73.  Or just turn up1!

For the complete article with photo see

“Think of Christchurch and beach that comes to mind is Sumner. For more than 150 years it has been the city beach. “As Christchurch as fish and chips on Sumner Beach, ” goes one radio campaign. But it could just as easily be “as Christchurch as an ice-cream at Sumner Beach” or even “as Christchurch as an evening swim after work at Sumner Beach“.

“At least part of the attraction to locals is the dramatic difference between inner city life a mere 10km away and the beach’s clean salt air and golden sands. It’s an ideal family beach that slopes gently into the sea. Photo: John Kirk Anderson/Fairfax NZs

Unrepaired section of Summit Rd reopens for use

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

“Another stretch of the Summit Rd has reopened in time for cyclists, joggers and walkers to enjoy during the summer holidays. The 1.2-kilometre section of road from the Bridle Path Track to the Mt Pleasant saddle reopened to recreational users yesterday. This extends the 3.4km section of Summit Rd from the Rapaki Track to the Bridle Track that reopened to cyclists, joggers and walkers in July. “People love this area for its natural beauty and stunning views and we’re delighted the hard work of contractors and staff means they can return this summer,” Christchurch City Council parks unit manager Andrew Rutledge said….

For more see this Stuff article.

In our personal opinion the Summit Rd between the top of Evans Pass and Dyers Pass is one of the best cycling roads anywhere, because of its stunning views and low volume of motorised traffic throughout.  There is now no motorised traffic from just west of the intersection with Mt. Pleasant Rd to the top of the Bridle Path between Heathcote and Lyttelton.  There is a significant amount of hill climbing.  If travelling from Sumner the initial climb up Evans Pass to the first summit is over 400m, with the first half being the steepest.

Scarborough Paddling Pool re-opens

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

“The sounds of kids splashing and giggling in the Scarborough Paddling Pool can be heard again for the first time in nearly four years.

The paddling pool, damaged in the February 2011 earthquake, has been rebuilt at a cost of $780,000. It officially re-opened on Saturday after a blessing of the site.

The new pool also has a splash pad, seating and water toys….

For more see this Stuff article.

The pool is 3 blocks walk from Abbott House – one block to the sea and two blocks to the right away from Christchurch City.

Everything Kiwi in less than 30 seconds.

Monday, December 15th, 2014

If you had less than 30 seconds to sum up New Zealand, what immediately springs to mind?

A new YouTube video has presented a visual feast of everything Kiwi in just 24 seconds, all set to a club banger of a beat.

The fast-paced montage features all the usual suspects – landscapes, Lord of the Rings and sheep.

It also offers a fleeting glimpse of several famous faces, including Lorde, Prime Minister John Key, and – somewhat controversially – the Air New Zealand air safety models.

The video was uploaded by YouTube user Jonas Flach, and is captioned in typical unpretentious Kiwi style: “yeah whatever… school project”.

Sumner Sunday Markets 10am-2pm Centre of Village (through to 4 April 2015)

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

There is a regular Sumner Sunday Market every Sunday from 10am – 2pm at the Sumner Village Green on the NW corner of Nayland St and Wakefield Avenue. There’s a wide selection of food, bric-a-bac and other stuff. There are of course many cafes within 100m, and a few others more distant. Sumner is very much open for business! “Stalls feature a range of quality accessories, kids gear & jewellery. Clothes, vintage wares, wine, artworks, antiques and much more.

The first series of markets will run from early 19 October 2014 through to 5 April 2015.

Enjoy culinary delights and live entertainment. Added bonus of plenty of great village specials at the local shops, cafes and restaurants. The Christchurch City’s library van is also at the market each week.

For more see Eventfinder

Sumner Street Party will be held on Sunday 9 March 2014

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

The 2013 Sumner Street Party delivered on the following promises.  2014 can only be better!

This event has been designed to bring the people of Christchurch back to Sumner to experience the bars, restaurants, retail, and the beautiful natural environment we have here.

We will have a number of bands, musicians and street performers entertaining on the day, local café and restaurants will provide food, there will also be a number of stalls available for wineries and boutique beer as well as art & craft and antique stalls, which will run along Wakefield Ave between Marriner and Nayland Streets.

Street entertainment and a kids’ zone with skate ramps will also add to the atmosphere!


Description – courtesy of eventfinda.