New Brighton

Quality Rating: 
6
Wave Type: 
Beach break
Wave Size Min: 
1.5ft
Wave Size Max: 
8.0ft
Wave Shape: 
Shorey
Soft
Fat
Barrels
Short
Optimal Swell Direction: 
NE
Optimal Wind Direction: 
W
Tide: 
Mid
High
Beach Type: 
Sand
Skill Level: 
Beginner
Crowd Level: 
7
Danger: 
Watch out for swimmers, especially around the surf clubs. Careful of fishing lines off the pier. Jumping off the pier is not advised.

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Description: 

New Brighton is one of Christchurch's local surfing beaches. Its a long beach with many peaks down the beach and a variable wave depending on tide, wind and sand movement. New Brighton now has the New Brighton Pier which has made some good banks, especially on the south ramp side. there are two main car parks, one on the north side of the pier "north ramp" and one on the south side of the pier "south ramp". The south ramp is usually best and provides a good bank. The wave is often a little soft and peaky with many onshore days in summer, but when its on it can offer good waves and barrels. Mostly short rides and can get a heavy little shorey. Good fun waves that can be much better than they look form the shore, and you can usually find a peak to yourself. Watch out for swimmers, especially around the surf clubs, and be careful of fishing lines off the pier. Good for beginners to experts. Jumping off the pier is not advised.

Directions: 
From Christchurch City Centre, head out east through Linwood and Aranui to New Brighton. Head east on Aldwins Road, onto Buckleys Road, onto Pages Road. When you cross the Avon River and come to the round about, either turn left onto Hawke Street to get to the North Ramp car park, at the end of the road turn left onto Marine Parade then right into the car park. Or turn right at the round about onto Owles Terrace, then the first left onto Beresford Street, then at the end of the road turn right onto Marine Parade and left into the South Ramp car park. There are also other carparks and walk ways to the beach all along Marine Parade, so you car find your own spot.
Nearest Town: 
Christchurch
Nearest City: 
Christchurch
Travel Time from City: 
10mins
Road in: 
Seal
Walk in: 
No
Parking at beach: 
Yes
Facilities: 
Toilets
Shower
Changing room
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Map: 
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