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North New Brighton Beach

North New Brighton is a good beach for most recreational activities, especially during the summer months. There are good facilities and a camping ground is within the immediate surrounding area. The safest conditions are in surf under 1 metre, however conditions are readily changeable due to the exposed nature of the coastline. Lifeguards patrol this beach during the summer months - in the weekends by volunteer guards and during the week day period of the school holiday summer break by professional guards.

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This beach is well suited for families, make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions, the beach is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


Swimming at North New Brighton is generally safest under surf conditions of 1 metre and most popular during the summer months. The beach slopes gently into the ocean. In larger seas, dangerous holes and rip currents can develop. The beach is patrolled during the summer months, by volunteer guards in the weekend and by professional guards during the week days of the school holiday summer break. In modest surf conditions there are dangerous rip currents to be aware of, so swimmers should swim between the flags at all times. At low tide a gutter tends to form between the sandbars, and waves tend to dump onto the second bar. Conditions are readily changeable at this beach due to the exposed nature of the coastline. Rarely are there no waves.


North New Brighton has a beach break which is offshore in west to south west winds. There are usually 2 bars, but more can develop in larger seas. The best conditions vary due to the bars, however it is generally best just before and just after high tide. At lower tides the wave tends to dump onto the bars. Favourable conditions are not consistent.


Surfcasting is possible of North New Brighton beach, however as the sea floor is quite shallow, offshore fishing is much better. There are no rocky headlands to fish from.

Activities and facilities



  • Car parking
  • Public toilets


The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at North New Brighton Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



Patrolled Beach
North New Brighton Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

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Safety at North New Brighton Beach

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Patrolled Beach

Patrolled Beach
North New Brighton Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

North Beach is NOT CURRENTLY patrolled by Surf Lifeguards in Winter months. In an emergency call 111 and ask for Police assistance. Surf Lifeguard patrols will resume in November 2021.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting North New Brighton Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►

The Water Safety Code:

  • Be prepared
  • Watch out for yourself and others
  • Be aware of the dangers
  • Know your limits
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


North New Brighton is a golden sand stretch of beach 1000 metres in length which slopes gently into the sea. It is located 1.5 kms north of the Christchurch Village suburb of New Brighton. North Beach Surf Life Saving Club is located midway along its length. A rock wall extends for approximately 100 metres south of the surf club and a number of outfall pipes to the north. The beach is part of the exposed section of the Canterbury coastline which has no protective natural features. There are good facilities and the beach is backed by residential homes and a large domain. The main access and parking is adjacent to the surf club, but there are a number of other access points along the beach with limited parking.

Public Transport

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Beach Water Quality

Many councils provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.

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