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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 $28
Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019
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Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels

Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels

41 Victoria Road, St Kilda, Dunedin
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This is a Holiday (Caravan/Camping) Park so there is a great variety of accommodation options. We had a 2 bedroom motel unit which was a free standing unit with a parking space beside it. The cooking facilities were fine. I would be quite happy to stay here again. The drive into Dunedin city is not ...

    Scenic Hotel Dunedin City $90
    Reviewed on Jun 16, 2019
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    Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

    Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

    123 Princes Street, Dunedin
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      I did not like the mustard colour of the walls and the beige curtains. Felt very dated (1970's) and rather dingy. Not like the photo

      Scenic Hotel Southern Cross $90
      Reviewed on Jun 2, 2019
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      Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

      Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

      118 High Street, Dunedin
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Very good service, nice tidy and well mannered staff. Always like to stay there when I visit Dunedin.

        Ocean Beach Hotel $62
        Reviewed on May 29, 2019
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        Ocean Beach Hotel

        Ocean Beach Hotel

        134 Prince Albert Road; St Kilda, Dunedin
           
          3.6 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          staff were very helpful and so friendly good meals clean rooms thanks for looking after me on my four days there

          Beach Lodge Motels $63
          Reviewed on Apr 28, 2019
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          Beach Lodge Motels

          Beach Lodge Motels

          38 Victoria Road, St Kilda, Dunedin, Otago
             
            4.4 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great location, quiet, older motel so could do with updating in bathromm and kitchen areas.

            The Victoria Hotel Dunedin $73
            Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
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            The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

            The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

            137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
               
              4.2 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The location was good and the staff were friendly and helpful.

              Wains Hotel Dunedin $58
              Reviewed on May 31, 2019
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              Wains Hotel Dunedin

              Wains Hotel Dunedin

              310 Princes St, Dunedin
                 
                3.8 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Super comfy beds, warm room. Lovely, helpful and friendly staff. Delicious breakfast!

                Apartments at St Clair $80
                Reviewed on May 14, 2019
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                Apartments at St Clair

                Apartments at St Clair

                15 Bedford Street, St Clair, Dunedin
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Lovely position,character and views. Only negative was shower but not a major.