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St. Clair Beach

Soak in the outdoor pool or take on the Pacific Ocean waves at one of New Zealand’s best surfing beaches.

Bask in the sun on the soft sand at St. Clair Beach or have a lesson with the skilled instructors at the local surf school. Swim in the sea or immerse yourself in the warm waters of the outdoor pool.

Escape the urban way of life and become a surfer for the day among the consistent blue rolling waves at St. Clair Beach. Experienced riders will love the powerful waves that break across this long beach while rookies can learn from the best at the Esplanade Surf School. Master the basics on land before you venture out into the rolling waves with one of the school’s qualified instructors.

If you prefer to have your feet on dry land, St. Clair is a beautiful spot to relax in the sun and watch the action in the water from a distance. Paddle lazily in the shallows or just lie on the sand and enhance your tan.

Opened in 1884, the outdoor saltwater pool at the southern end of the beach is perhaps St. Clair’s most recognisable feature. Measuring 25 metres (82 feet) long and located on the rocks beside the ocean, the pool is ideal, whether you are looking to swim a few lengths or watch the surfers showing off their skills.

After a quick plunge, go for a stroll along the esplanade that overlooks the beach. Select from a range of seafood offerings at one of the waterfront restaurants before you hit the bars to enjoy a beer or cocktail as the sun sets. Nearby you will also find several charming cafés that serve fresh coffee and pastries during the morning.

St. Clair Beach is a 10-minute drive southeast of Dunedin’s city centre. Take the bus, or if you are coming independently, use the waterfront parking lot just behind the esplanade.


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Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels

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41 Victoria Road, St Kilda, Dunedin
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Saint Kilda, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from St. Clair Beach and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from The Octagon. Edgar Centre and Otago Peninsula are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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    Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

    Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

    118 High Street, Dunedin
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Dunedin City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dunedin Casino and Speight's Brewery. Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Regent Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 10 minutes by foot.

      Quest Dunedin CA $111
      Quest Dunedin

      Quest Dunedin

      333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 5 minutes by foot.

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        The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

        The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

        137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Octagon, Dunedin Town Hall and Otago Museum. Speight's Brewery and Olveston are also within 15 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 6 minutes by foot.

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          Ocean Beach Hotel

          Ocean Beach Hotel

          134 Prince Albert Road; St Kilda, Dunedin
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Saint Kilda, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from St. Clair Beach and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from The Octagon. Edgar Centre and Otago Peninsula are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Adrian Motel CA $128
            Adrian Motel

            Adrian Motel

            101 Queens Dr, St Kilda, Dunedin, OTA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Saint Kilda, this motel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from St. Clair Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from The Octagon. Edgar Centre and Otago Peninsula are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Best Western Dunedin CA $119
              Best Western Dunedin

              Best Western Dunedin

              555 Andersons Bay Road, Dunedin
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Dunedin hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Edgar Centre and St. Clair Beach. Dunedin Casino and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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                Wains Hotel Dunedin

                Wains Hotel Dunedin

                310 Princes St, Dunedin
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dunedin Casino and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 10 minutes by foot.