New Brighton – Canterbury’s playground

cover image New Brighton is Canterbury’s playground is a sweetie of a pamphlet, see the delight Christchurch residents took in a trip to the seaside. To see more of this popular spot, take a peek at the way it was through our New Brighton image collection. New Brighton was actually one of the first lines to be converted from tram to buses, there was much excitement it is still a popular destination today.

The last tram travels from the New Brighton Post Office to the pier The first buses of the New Brighton run

In the more recent past I remember catching the Saturday shoppers bus to New Brighton with my high school friends when it was the only place to shop on Saturdays in Christchurch. It took half the day to get to the beach and back, which filled in time when our pockets where short of money. When hunger beckoned fish’n’chips on the beach was hard to beat.

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New Brighton PierWhy not grab your togs and catch the bus for a day at the beach and take a stroll down the Pier. Compare the old pier with the new or check out the construction process with Peter Seymour’s photographs take the virtual tour.

Want to check what the weather is like at the beach before your trip take a peek at Pier webcam A and B. If the wind picks up visit the lovely surrounds of the New Brighton Library, take a look at their gorgeous tukutuku panel and explore their local history resources.

If you are taking a dip this summer check out the water quality at your favourite swimming spot from Environment Canterbury. Later you can check out other beaches to visit, or if the salt spray isn’t for you take a picnic to on of our many parks and reserves.

So go take a day trip and let the children run a little wild while you read a book in a peaceful corner try these two for starters:
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