Coming from New Zealand I do not understand how Brighton is a great beach – voted in the top 10 beaches in the world. I would take any Coromandel beach which features warm water and actual sand rather than pebbles any day.
Kiwi friends Laura, Caitlin Kyle and I rented The Laines Appartment from Brighton Holiday Homes for a week. It worked out much cheaper than staying in a motel or even hostel in the area and a lovely place to stay.
The main attraction in Brighton is the pier. We had a fish pedicure (little fish nibble the dead skin cells off your feet), ate Brighton Rock Candy, attempted to win on the sideshow stalls, watched the rollercoasters and played arcade games.
Adjacent to the pier is a challenging mini golf course and the Brighton Wheel which for 8 pounds per person goes around at least 3 times giving commentary on the history and sights of the area which will allow you to get your bearings.
We also went on the Volks Railway from the Pier to the Marina which cost 2 pounds per person and was the first public electric railway in the world (though I didn’t think there was much to see at the end, it’s certainly about the journey not the destination!).
Photos mostly Caitlin’s. And here’s one from my dad- a picture of my mum, many years ago in Brighton.