New Brighton Library, Christchurch
The library itself is really small, but it's right on the beach and has a great view of the sea with comfy chairs where you can read and listen to music. The Children's section has interactive games and playstations. There's 2 cafes in it, you can have a walk on the pier, or do a 10km beach walk around the South Shore split and come back to where you started from. There's also the New Brighton Mall, an attempt at making a shopping street.
A perfect day is a cup of coffee, a good book to read in a cozy chair, and beautiful sea views right at your feet.
The New Brighton Clock Tower was finished in 1935 and can be found not too far from the Pier in Marine Parade.