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New Brighton Beach
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New Brighton Beach which includes surf, surfing and a beach
Surf, spot birdlife, walk across wild sand dunes and shop for handmade goods at a weekly market at this sandy beach and coastal suburb.

New Brighton Beach is a great coastal retreat to visit when holidaying in Christchurch. The beach boasts about 18 kilometres (11 miles) of golden sand, stretching from the mouth of the Waimakariri River to South Spit. Activities at New Brighton Beach range from surfing in rolling waves to wildlife spotting and walking amid untamed landscapes. Find accommodation options, cafés, restaurants and a weekly market at the village adjoining the beach.

The beach is a popular summer destination for Christchurch’s residents. Bathers come to swim in the cool waters of the South Pacific Ocean while surfers make the most of the clean, rolling waves. Beachgoers congregate around New Brighton Pier. Stroll to the end of the pier to enjoy uninterrupted views of the coastline and watch as fishermen wait patiently for a catch.

For a more secluded beach experience, walk in either direction from the pier to discover quiet areas. Enjoy the opportunity to sit unaccompanied amid the lap of nature, take a nap on the soft sand or sit and read a book. Pristine coastal forests and sand dunes frame the beach’s northern reaches. Explore these areas as you follow trails on foot or by bike.

Be sure to visit South Spit, a reserve set on a peninsula at the beach’s southernmost point. Come between August and March for the chance to see seabirds such as dotterels, godwits, gulls and pied stilts. Gaze across the estuary to see Summer Beach and look inland to make out the peaks of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

In the village of New Brighton, casual dining options, fast-food joints and surf shops line the Brighton Mall commercial zone. On Saturday morning, go to the New Brighton’s Seaside Market, held in the mall’s pedestrian-only section. Dine at food trucks and browse stalls offering fresh produce, handicrafts and quirky fashions, among other items.

New Brighton Beach is just a 20-minute drive from Christchurch’s city centre and easy to reach via public buses or rented bike. Free parking is available on Marine Road, which runs parallel to the beach. In January, hundreds of colourful kites fill the sky for the beach’s annual Kite Day.

Surf, spot birdlife, walk across wild sand dunes and shop for handmade goods at a weekly market at this sandy beach and coastal suburb.

New Brighton Beach is a great coastal retreat to visit when holidaying in Christchurch. The beach boasts about 18 kilometres (11 miles) of golden sand, stretching from the mouth of the Waimakariri River to South Spit. Activities at New Brighton Beach range from surfing in rolling waves to wildlife spotting and walking amid untamed landscapes. Find accommodation options, cafés, restaurants and a weekly market at the village adjoining the beach.

The beach is a popular summer destination for Christchurch’s residents. Bathers come to swim in the cool waters of the South Pacific Ocean while surfers make the most of the clean, rolling waves. Beachgoers congregate around New Brighton Pier. Stroll to the end of the pier to enjoy uninterrupted views of the coastline and watch as fishermen wait patiently for a catch.

For a more secluded beach experience, walk in either direction from the pier to discover quiet areas. Enjoy the opportunity to sit unaccompanied amid the lap of nature, take a nap on the soft sand or sit and read a book. Pristine coastal forests and sand dunes frame the beach’s northern reaches. Explore these areas as you follow trails on foot or by bike.

Be sure to visit South Spit, a reserve set on a peninsula at the beach’s southernmost point. Come between August and March for the chance to see seabirds such as dotterels, godwits, gulls and pied stilts. Gaze across the estuary to see Summer Beach and look inland to make out the peaks of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

In the village of New Brighton, casual dining options, fast-food joints and surf shops line the Brighton Mall commercial zone. On Saturday morning, go to the New Brighton’s Seaside Market, held in the mall’s pedestrian-only section. Dine at food trucks and browse stalls offering fresh produce, handicrafts and quirky fashions, among other items.

New Brighton Beach is just a 20-minute drive from Christchurch’s city centre and easy to reach via public buses or rented bike. Free parking is available on Marine Road, which runs parallel to the beach. In January, hundreds of colourful kites fill the sky for the beach’s annual Kite Day.

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South Brighton Holiday Park
South Brighton Holiday Park
2.5 out of 5
59 Halsey Street, Christchurch
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$63 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Situated near the beach, this holiday park is within a 10-minute walk of Avon Heathcote Estuary and New Brighton Beach. Rawhiti Domain is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...
4.1/5Very Good! (11 reviews)
"Well equipped standard cabin. Clean functional older style amenities. Nice camp off the beaten track. Close to the beach. Would stay again."

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2020

South Brighton Holiday Park
Local Tea Rooms in its hay Day, Come Escape to the Seaside in This Retro Beaut
Local Tea Rooms in its hay Day, Come Escape to the Seaside in This Retro Beaut
369 Marine Parade, Christchurch, Canterbury
Situated on the beach, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Avon Heathcote Estuary and New Brighton Beach. Rawhiti Domain is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.
4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Great property in a lovely location
"Great property in a lovely location"

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2019

Local Tea Rooms in its hay Day, Come Escape to the Seaside in This Retro Beaut
Rocking Horse Villa
Rocking Horse Villa
4.5 out of 5
33 Rocking Horse Road, Christchurch, South Shore
Nestled on the beach, this Christchurch villa is within a 5-minute walk of Avon Heathcote Estuary and New Brighton Beach. Rawhiti Domain is 3 mi (4.8 km) ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Traumvilla
"Die schöne, helle und moderne Villa läßt keine Wünsche offen. Wir hätten sie gerne mit nach Hause genommen. Wir würden sie wieder buchen. Der Strand ist über eine Düne in wenigen Minuten erreichbar."

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2017

Rocking Horse Villa
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South Brighton Holiday Park
South Brighton Holiday Park
2.5 out of 5
59 Halsey Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$63 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
South Brighton Holiday Park
Local Tea Rooms in its hay Day, Come Escape to the Seaside in This Retro Beaut
Local Tea Rooms in its hay Day, Come Escape to the Seaside in This Retro Beaut
369 Marine Parade, Christchurch, Canterbury
Local Tea Rooms in its hay Day, Come Escape to the Seaside in This Retro Beaut
Rocking Horse Villa
Rocking Horse Villa
4.5 out of 5
33 Rocking Horse Road, Christchurch, South Shore
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Coastal City Retreat - New Brighton Holiday Home
Coastal City Retreat - New Brighton Holiday Home
32 Oram Avenue, Christchurch, Canterbury
Coastal City Retreat - New Brighton Holiday Home
Point Break Backpackers
Point Break Backpackers
2 out of 5
6 Union Street New Brighton, Christchurch
The price is NZ$75 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
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Beachfront Flats Opposite hot Pools Beach and Pier
Beachfront Flats Opposite hot Pools Beach and Pier
Christchurch, Canterbury
Beachfront Flats Opposite hot Pools Beach and Pier
Beachfront Views Sleeps 16 Opposite Beach
Beachfront Views Sleeps 16 Opposite Beach
Marine Parade, New Brighton, Christchurch, Canterbury
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Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
The price is NZ$170 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Beachfront Views
Beachfront Views
2.5 out of 5
183 MARINE PARADE, \N, Christchurch, NEW BRIGHTON
Beachfront Views
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