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New Brighton Christchurch Estuary Edge Sandshore Spit Walk

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Christchurch, New Zealand

New Brighton estuary edge boardwalk

Oudoors there are two significant native conservation areas to investigate in New Brighton, Christchurch. Delve into the life of an estuary and wander along a boardwalk, through salt marshes and past a pine forest on the Estuary Edge Walk. The Estuary Edge Walk is also known as the Sandshore Spit walk.



Beginning on the boardwalk, the track leads you through a picturesque seaside landscape, complemented by wetlands and the distant mountains. Once off the boardwalk the track leads through pine forest and past South Brighton Park before continuing along the edge of the Avon estuary. The boardwalk takes you over the salt marshes where wetland birds can be spotted and lovely views of the mountains and water surround.

The changing landscape is guaranteed to please families, dog owners and adventurers of all ages.

  • Length: 2km
  • Grade: Flat easy short walk
Brighton Beach in mid summer, Christchurch, New Zealand
Brighton Beach in mid summer, Christchurch, New Zealand

Estuary Edge boardwalk (2 km)

The boardwalk takes you over the salt marshes where wetland birds can be spotted with unimpeded views of the surrounding mountains. The salt marshs are part of the Southshore Spit protected area located in South Brighton. Once off the boardwalk, walk through the pine forest and past South Brighton Park. The walk continues along the edge of the Avon estuary before ending at Bridge Street.

The Sandshore Spit and South New Brighton estuary boardwalk is close by the Travis Wetlands. Both places are part of a conservation story occurring throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Learn more about conservation in New Zealand.

You could walk between the two destinations New Brighton Estuary Edge boardwalk to the Travis Wetlands however the distance is 8 km.

For more holiday inspiration what to do in Christchurch check out the Christchurch Travel Guide.




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