New Brighton is a coastal suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) to the east of the city center.At the heart of the suburb is the New Brighton mall, which is the suburb's primary shopping and entertainment precinct.New Brighton is one of Eastern Christchurch's main entertainment and tourist centers with it's architecturally unique pier and its scenic coastline being the suburbs best known features.
The suburb is divided into three sections spread along the southern coast of Pegasus Bay: North New Brighton; New Brighton; and South New Brighton.New Brighton was originally a distinct coastal village, separated from the then outer suburbs of Christchurch by the swampy areas adjoining the Avon River.
New Brighton Pier:
The New Brighton Pier is held as the icon of New Brighton and later the icon of Christchurch after the February 22nd earthquake which destroyed Christchurch's Cathedral. The pier is one of Christchurch's main tourist attractions. It was officially opened on 1st November 1997, and cost 4 million dollars to build (half of which was from private donations). Spanning 300 meters long, it is the longest pier in the Australasia.
Currently the New Brighton Pier is the venue of a number of events, such as regular skate on the Pier events and the annual Guy Fawkes fireworks display held on November 5th every year.
- A sandy beach, with good surfing, stretching 18 km from the Waimakariri River mouth in the north, to the spit in the south
- New Brighton's Seaside Market - Every Saturday from 10am to 2pm with a variety of stalls offering handmade crafts, local produce and nice food stalls, held in the pedestrian part of the New Brighton Mall by the New Brighton Project.
- Swimming with (summer) surf-club-supervised areas
- Birdwatching at the spit: godwits migrate from this area and their return is something of a local event
- Cycling, walking, orienteering, geocaching in the extensive plantation areas which abut the northerly beach, and (of course) on the beach itself
- 4WD driving (permit required) in the extreme northern beach area
- Pier and Council library on the foreshore, in Central New Brighton
- The New Brighton and Districts Museum, located on Hardy Street.