New Brighton (New Zealand)

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New Brighton
Geographical location
New Brighton (New Zealand)
New Brighton
Coordinates 43 ° 30 ′  S , 172 ° 44 ′  E Coordinates: 43 ° 30 ′  S , 172 ° 44 ′  E
Country New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand
region Canterbury
District Christchurch City
Ward Burwood-Pegasus Ward
Residents 2 442 (2013)
height 1 m
Post Code 8061
Telephone code +64 (0) 3
Photography of the place
New Brighton Clock Tower.jpg
New Brighton Clock Tower and Coastal Road
Beach painting by local sand artist Peter Donnelly (2008)

New Brighton is adistrict of Christchurch on the New Zealand Pacific coast on the South Island of New Zealand .


New Brighton is located around 8 km northeast of Christchurch city ​​center and was named after the seaside resort of Brighton in England . A long sandy beach stretches out to the lake side


The colonization of the territory of New Brighton began on April 20, 1860 the construction of the first house. When the first tram line from Christchurch to New Brighton was opened in 1887 , the place developed rapidly. The first school opened in 1890 and the New Brighton Improvement Association (a development company) was founded in 1891 , while the pier on the coast was being built from 1889 to 1894 . The pier made it possible to moor small coastal steamers and operate their first passenger service. In 1896 the place got the status of a borough (self-governing city) and in 1901 the number of 1000 inhabitants could be exceeded.

New Brighton developed Saturday as a trading day early on, and although Saturday was abolished as a working day in 1946, New Brighton kept its tradition and closed its stores on Wednesday (which later became Monday). In 1997 a new pier was built and before that in 1999 the library, at the end of the seaward ending Seaview Road Mall . The war memorial, completed in 1934 and designed as a bell tower, was integrated into the urban ensemble .


In the 2013 census, New Brighton had 2,442 inhabitants, 4.5% fewer than in the 2006 census.


The New Brighton Pier is around 300 m long and is the largest pier in Australasia , with the building of the local library in front of the entrance to the pier being an architectural completion. The approximately 18 km long sandy beach is used for relaxation and is often used for surfing .

On the beach near the pier, the local sand painter Peter Donnelly draws a large painting in the sand at regular intervals. He only uses a stick for this. According to his statement, the pictures arise from the moment. Spectators throw small donations of money down from the pier onto the cloth he laid out in the sand.

Panoramic photo

New Brighton Pier , Christchurch , New Zealand (2005)

Individual evidence

  1. a b 2013 Census QuickStats about a place: New Brighton . Statistics New Zealand , accessed August 14, 2017 .
  2. ^ Library Names - the Stories of the Bilingual Names for Christchurch City Libraries . Christchurch City Libraries , accessed July 6, 2011 .
  3. ^ A b Robyn Burgess : Urban Conservation Areas Study for the Local and Central City Commercial Areas . Ed .: Opus International Consultants Limited 2005 . Christchurch 2005, p.  105–106 (English, Online - Archived May 22, 2010 [PDF; 10.4 MB ; accessed on August 14, 2017]).
  4. The Sand Dancer - Peter Donnelly . Blog: Seeing the Light , archived from the original on January 21, 2015 ; accessed on February 3, 2016 (English, original website no longer available).