Council staff work with community Coast Care groups to help protect the coastal area from the Waimakariri River to Godley Head. These groups are made up of people interested in the 11 beach parks on Christchurch's Coast.

What we do

Stabilises the dunes. Sand dunes are planted to stop the sand blowing onto the road and into people’s houses.

Grows native plants. Special native plants grow in the sand that can survive the strong salty wind and dry, sandy soil. Native plants protect the sand dunes and provide food and shelter for our native birds and animals.

Builds tracks, car parks, and picnic areas. These features improve your visit to the beach and the coast.

Encourages learning and research. Schools, universities, and scientists use our coastal area to learn about this special natural environment.

These achievements are made possible by many voluntary and subsidised workers. Groups include the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust, schools, volunteer groups, periodic detention workers, the YMCA youth training scheme, subsidised employment schemes, as well as community groups and conservation organisations.

What you can do

Join a Coast Care group and/or take part in public planting days or beach clean-up events.

Grow native plants for Coast Care (or your group) to plant in the sand dunes. We need help growing a native sandbinding plant, pingao. We can give you sand, seeds, trays, and information on how to grow this plant.

Arrange a school or group visit to the coast with one of our Coast Care staff.

Keep your dog under control when you bring it to the beach. Observe local dog rules.

Keep to access tracks, take your rubbish home with you, and help us to look after the beach for everyone to enjoy.