See all New Brighton has to offer
A trip to He Puna Taimoana wouldn’t be complete without checking out the rest of New Brighton. Swim in the ocean, play at the playground, explore the market and more.
New Brighton PierView on Google Maps
Take a walk over the water along the iconic New Brighton Pier. The pier suffered damage in the Canterbury earthquakes and underwent an $8.5 million repair programme, completed in June 2018.
The 300 metre long pier is a popular local fishing spot and home to the annual fireworks display in November.
New Brighton Beachside PlaygroundMore about the Playground
The New Brighton Beachside Playground has been praised as one of Christchurch’s top playground destinations. The playground has been recently remodeled to include a mix of exciting play equipment including; a rope climbing frame, water cannons, musical toys and a waka that children can climb and play inside.
The new wheelchair accessible splash pad play area and the iconic whale pool is sure to capture the attention and hearts of children and parents alike. Nestled beside the Pier, Public Library, basketball half court and He Puna Taimoana, the Playground is the perfect way to start or finish a family day out.
Te Karoro Karoro/Southshore Spit
Take a leisurely stroll through the dunes, beach and estuary. Enjoy the New Brighton wetlands and spot native wildlife on this twenty minute loop track. Te karoro karoro offers fantastic views across Redcliffs and back to Ōtautahi, it’s the perfect way to explore with the whole family, before a long relaxing soak.
- Distance: 1.5km
- Time: 20 minutes return
- Start: Rockinghorse Road, Southshore
Estuary Edge Walk
Wander along the boardwalk, over the salt marshes, and through the pines on the Estuary Edge Walk. Beginning on the boardwalk, the track leads you through a picturesque seaside landscape, complemented by wetlands and the distant mountains. Once off the boardwalk the track leads through pine forest and past South Brighton Park before continuing along the edge of the Avon estuary. The changing landscape is guaranteed to please families, dog owners and adventurers of all ages.
- Distance: 2km
- Time: 30 minutes one way
- Start: intersection of Ebbtide Street and Estuary Road
Southern Pegasus Bay Track
Make a day of it and explore the Southern Pegasus Bay Track. Follow along a trail in the crest of the dunes and experience the impressive seaside views leading into winding tree-lined trails. The track has multiple entry and exit points, no roads to cross and an excellent Children's playground at Broad Park, making it easy to adapt to the day’s plans. For more of a challenge start at either the Spencer Park Surf Club or Southshore Spit and walk the whole distance.
- Distance: 14.5km
- Time: 3.5 hours one way
- Start: There’s multiple entrances – Spencer Park Surf Club, Broad Park or Southshore Spit