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South Brighton Beach

South Brighton beach is a popular beach for most recreational activities, particularly in summer. Good facilities are available for use. The safest conditions are in surf conditions under 1 metre, but all users should be constantly aware of the conditions as the exposed nature of the coastline means dangerous rip currents and holes can develop quickly. Lifeguards patrol the beach throughout the summer weekends, and during the week days of the school holiday summer break period.

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Family friendly

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

Swimming at South Brighton is safest in surf conditions under 1 metre and more popular during the summer months. The beach slopes gently into the ocean. In larger seas, dangerous holes and rips can develop. The beach is patrolled during the summer months during the weekends by volunteer guards, and during the school holiday week period by professional guards. In modest surf conditions there are rip currents to be aware of, so people should swim between the flags at all times. At low tide, a gutter forms between the sand bars, and the waves tend to dump onto the second bar. As this area of Canterbury coast line is quite exposed, the beach is very open to environmental conditions and there are rarely no waves.

Surfing

South Brighton has a beach break which is offshore in west to southwest 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 low tide the wave tends to dump onto the bars. Favourable conditions are not consistent.

Fishing

Surfcasting is possible of the South 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

Activities

  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Wind/kite surfing
  • Wind-powered vehicles

Facilities

  • Car parking
  • Playground

Safety

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

Hazards

Patrols

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

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

Mainly clear with some cloud
15°c
Max Temp.
19°c
Water Temp.

Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Average. 4/10
4
Poor. 3/10
3

Tides

1:50Am
Low
8:00Am
High
2:30Pm
Low
8:30Pm
High

Safety at South Brighton Beach

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting South Brighton Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

South Brighton is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays between 15 November 2019 and 15 March 2020. Volunteer lifeguards patrol from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturdays and 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sundays.
A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm during 16 December 2019 to 31 January 2020.

Hazards

Click a safety symbol for more information on the risk

4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting South 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

Location

South Brighton is a golden sand beach, located about 2 km south of New Brighton township. The beach is 2500 metres in length and has no protective natural features, so is quite exposed to any environmental conditions. The beach slopes gently into the ocean. South Brighton Surf Life Saving Club is located midway along the beach and is the main focus for public facilities and parking. There are a number of other access points along the stretch of beach with limited parking. The beach is backed by residential homes.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.metroinfo.org.nz

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Beach Water Quality

The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (enterococci) data collected over the last three years. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.

Overall recreation risk

The long term risk status based on three years of data

Very Low Risk

Less than 1% risk of illness

Many councils also 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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