New Brighton

From Waimairi to Southshore, the New Brighton beaches offer sweeping views of Pegasus Bay, coastal dune and estuary landscapes and a variety of recreation opportunities.




Waimairi, North, New and South Brighton beaches are located along Marine Parade in the coastal suburb of New Brighton.

There is plenty of street parking along the coast and in dedicated car parks at all beaches.

Metroinfo(external link) has up-to-date bus information.


North Beach Resident's Association has a beach wheelchair and accessibility mat that can be hired for free. Email the association to book or drop into the Surf Club for more information.


All of the walking tracks have different rules around dogs depending on the season or protected wildlife. Check in the individual walking pages for information.

In most seasons, dogs can be walked under effective control on the beaches. In summer however, dogs are prohibited within a certain distance of the Surf Life Saving Clubs. 

If you are on a walk that crosses the beach over summer, you must put your dog on a short leash for this section. Find out more information from the dog bylaw map.


There are public toilets available near the Surf Lifesaving Clubs, at the pier and in all local parks and reserves in the area.

South Brighton Domain has a free barbeque available to use as well as bookable picnic space.

Splash and play

New Brighton Beachside Playground

Located on Marine Parade, near the pier and New Brighton library, 

This popular play area has recently had an amazing upgrade. Musical toys, swings, slides, a huge waka that children can climb and play in and half a basketball court are just some of what is on offer.

The paddling pool now has a splash pad, water cannons and a replica of the iconic whale.

Public toilets available right beside the playground.

Thomson Park

Located at 93 Marine Parade, near North Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

This large area holds a sports field, skate park and a number of picnic areas.

There are multiple playgrounds with climbing structures, slides, swings, monkey bars and a big flying fox.

Public toilets are available near the playground.

South Brighton Domain

Located at the end of Beatty Street.

A reasonably new playground opened at the end of 2015, the South New Brighton play area features loads of adventurous equipment. 

The central feature is a seven-metre high climbing tower with a net that children can climb to a viewing area for great views of the park, estuary and Port Hills.

Multiple public toilets available throughout the domain.

Broad Park

Located at the junction of Beach and Broadpark Roads.

This natural looking timber playground has multiple climbing structures, a flying fox and classic swings and slides.

There's also lots of green space and tree cover for a picnic.

Public toilets are available in the park.


Bookable spaces

South New Brighton Park is a great place for an outdoor gathering.

To help you with your booking:

 When you are ready to check availability and make a booking, contact us.

Please be aware that if you are arranging a publicly advertised gathering of more than 50 people you may need an event permit.

Map of bookable areas [PDF, 1.1 MB]


Find everything from relaxing coastal meanders to more challenging dune walks:


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