December 2016 (date to be advised)

December 2016 (date to be advised)

Proudly brought to you by The Pegasus Bay Charitable Trust


Summer has arrived and it is time to get down to the beach and start practicing for the 2016 New Zealand Sandcastle competition in December 2016 on New Brighton Beach, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The organisers of the 5th New Zealand Sandcastle Competition (scheduled for Waiting Day 2016) the Pegasus Bay Charitable Trust have moved the event to a more convenient time later in the year, in December 2016. Spokesman, Brain Keeley says this will give the Trust more time to attract overseas world acclaimed sculpturers and take the competition to a new level and follows enquires from the world acclaimed Sand Sculpturers from Korea, China, USA and Italy.

After 4 successful years, the event attracted over 20,000 people to the New Brighton Beach last year. The trust will also look at inviting leading sculpturers from around New Zealand to provide both a professional and community element to the event that will further enhance Christchurch as a destination. The Pegasus Bay Charitable Trust is committed to assist the continued re-growth of New Brighton and after 4 years of a successful event are wishing to take it to a new level. We have proved not only to the Council but to all the people in Christchurch that large numbers of people will come to New Brighton if an exciting offering is given. We see New Brighton Beach as the most under utilized event area in Canterbury and coupled with the fact that maybe Christchurch is the only city in the world where people choose to live close to an airport rather than a beach suburb makes our Trust even more determined to promote New Brighton by way of staging a significant event.

Brian Keeley also points out the a successful event of this size needs robust funding and for innovative sponsors to come forward.

The Pegasus Bay Charitable Trust are confident this can be achieved with a shift of timing the event to later in 2016.

The Supreme Winner and Peoples choice winner of the Fourth New Zealand Sandcastle Competition Trophy

It was sculptured by the team Sand Fraction in plot 406

The Winner of the Adult Individual Competition and the Public Choice winner at the Fourth New Zealand Sandcastle Competition.

In Plot 301 was Brett Muir with his Fantasia Castle. Over $5000 of OZTrail sporting equipment was won on the day.


Fun for the whole family

Enjoy a free day’s entertainment for all the family at the beach and view the great sand sculptures. A great variety of stalls including food and drinks, children’s entertainment, bouncy castles, water walking, craft stalls and much more. It will be held on the beach in front of the southern car park by the Library on Marine Parade New Brighton. This could well be extended to suit the number of entries on either side of the pier. A marque is to be erected on the lawn area adjacent to the library, this will be used as the administration centre. It will be a family focused event with the theme of: “A BIG FUN, HAPPY DAY” at the beach, building sandcastles and new friendships.


Children’s Treasure Hunt

Where in the sand sculpture will the prizes be hidden? One entry drawn each day to dig for treasure hidden in a sandcastle at New Brighton Beach in December 2016 Open to all children 12 years and under (all terms and conditions are displayed).

50 Prizes to be won

Listen to for further chances to enter the treasure hunt.


The Prize winners in 2015 were

Adult Teams Competition:
1st Plot 406 Sand Fraction with Sculpture Octopus
2nd Plot 402 Expendables1 with sculpture Dragon eating Boat
3rd Plot 403 South Brighton Sculpture Garden with Dolphins

Adult Individual Competition:
1st Plot 301 Brett Muir with his Castle Fantasia

Family Teams Competition:
1st Plot 209 the Protea’s with sculpture Shark/Octopus
2nd Plot 233 the Willmussims with sculpture Hammerhead Shark
3rd Plot 226 Ella with the sculpture 3Turtles


International Sand Sculptors

This year we are excited to welcome Sue McGrew and Bruce Phillips, both International Sand Sculptors. Click here to read more about Sue and Bruce


Good luck, have fun and see you on the Beach!!!