New Brighton has undergone many changes in the last ten years or so. From the early 1900s, it was a bustling tourist spot with people catching trams from all over Christchurch to sunbathe on the beach. New Brighton also had the distinction of being the only place in Christchurch where Saturday shopping was permitted. This lasted until 1980 when Saturday shopping became the norm.
New Brighton is currently getting another makeover with construction of a fancy new playground under way, and several other projects being planned. Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) is looking for feedback on early design ideas for Christchurch Hot Pools in New Brighton. Christchurch City Council is working with the community to develop ideas for the revitalisation of New Brighton Pedestrian Mall and Marine Parade and you can vote on some improvements. You have until Sunday 12 November to have your say, so get typing now.
To get you inspired, here are some images of New Brighton through the ages
A view of the New Brighton Pier circa 1910. The original pier was opened in 1894 and was demolished in 1965.
Beachwear has certainly evolved over the years. These poor souls must have been sweltering. New Brighton Beach 1928.
This image from the 1920s shows how thriving New Brighton was.
Cullimore’s Brighton Exchange was located on the corner of Beresford Street and Seaview Road. This image dates from the mid 1930s.
This image from the 1950s shows Donkey Rides on New Brighton Beach. This would have been awesome. Let’s bring back the donkeys!
The iconic whale will be a part of the new playground development. Here is what it looked like in 1970.
New Brighton Mall had an upgrade in 1977 removing the road and making it a pedestrian mall. The road was partially reinstated in 2005.
In the 1980s, New Brighton Mall had a seriously funky fountain.
Here are the matching bollards.
The building of a new pier began in 1996 and was opened to the public on the 1st of November 1997. Here is a lovely shot of the pier at sunrise in 2015.
After the earthquakes, artists beautified damaged buildings in the mall with murals.
Every year New Brighton holds a popular Santa Parade. The big guy is known to make his entrance via a surf lifesaving boat.
We can’t forget the New Brighton Library which is situated in the location that is open for submission.
Kite Day is a popular day at New Brighton with families from all over Christchurch coming to join the fun.