Despite being just 30 minutes from the city of Christchurch, it is possible to have a beach almost to yourself at Pegasus Bay. We spent a morning walking from Kairaki Beach, which is just north of the Waimakariri River mouth. When we started at 9.30am, it was warm and still, with some westerly cloud providing interesting lighting.
The Waimakariri River mouth is a popular fishing spot, particularly salmon and whitebait (when in season).
We were almost, but not quite alone. The Waimakariri District Council allows horse riding and training along the full stretch of beach from the Waimakariri River mouth north to the boundary with the Hurunui District.
Also on the beach we met a Spotted Shag (or Parekareka), a species of cormorant endemic to New Zealand.