Brighton Beach, located 20 km south of Dunedin city, is actually made up of several bays and beaches. Together they form one of Dunedin’s best coastal destinations, where you can walk along the sand for miles without seeing anyone, surf the world class waves or watch dramatic sunsets.
What to see and do at Brighton Beach
Walk along the Beach
There are several stretches of beach in these parts and all of them are worth seeing. The sand is hard and the beaches are wide — it’s the perfect place for a long walk or run. It does get windy though and sometimes it feels like you’re in a sandstorm in the desert — that’s flying sand you can see in the photo below!
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Seek out the Viewpoints
There are a couple of great viewpoints at Brighton Beach, both located on the hill above the “main” part of the beach (where the surf life saving club is). There is a big rocky hill right at the top where you can climb to see north towards the city, and on the other side of the hill you can look out over the main beach. There’s also a small rocky outcrop that you can climb up on the main beach — it’s a cool place to sit and watch the surfers who often frequent Brighton Beach.
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Watch the Sunset
Brighton Beach is one of the best places in Dunedin to watch the sunset. The combination of wild ocean and rocky beaches make for some great photos — it does get cold though, even in summer!
I’m not a surfer so I don’t know much about this, but I’ve heard the surfing at Brighton Beach is really good. There are lifeguards on duty during summer weekends.
Where to sleep and eat at Brighton Beach
There are several car parks at Brighton Beach which attract their fair share of camper vans. There is one in particular that’s very popular due to the fact there is a public toilet on site (which means you don’t need to be self contained to stay there). You can also stay at the camping ground by the creek in the middle of Brighton. There aren’t many eating options but there is a fish and chip shop and a dairy in the main part of Brighton.
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Getting to Brighton Beach
You can take a bus from Centre City New World (change at Green Island), but most people will visit by car. Take the scenic route from town and stop off at Tunnel Beach, Blackhead and Waldronville on the way. From Brighton you could follow that road to Taieri Mouth and do the Taieri River Track.
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