St. Clair Beach

Vacation Travel Guide
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.

Top Hotels Close to St. Clair Beach

Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels
Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels
3.5 out of 5
41 Victoria Road, St Kilda, Dunedin
The price is $39 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in Saint Kilda, this eco-friendly motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Clair Beach, Edgar Centre, and Otago Peninsula. Tomahak Beach and Dunedin Chinese ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (392 reviews)
"Nice, simple, clean"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is $104 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (992 reviews)
"The room was a good size, very spacious, great for a 4-person family. Loved it! However. there was no fan in the shower, toilet room and no hand towel holder in the sink area. We’d also appreciate more outlets in the room for device charging. Overall, we had a great stay!"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Hotel St Clair
Hotel St Clair
3.5 out of 5
24 Esplanade, St. Clair Beach, Dunedin
The price is $129 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Located in St. Clair, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Clair Beach and St. Clair Golf Club. Edgar Centre and Otago Peninsula are also within 3 mi ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (390 reviews)
"The view was exceptional .. the room was a little small"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Hotel St Clair
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Best Lodging Options Near St. Clair Beach

Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels
Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels
3.5 out of 5
41 Victoria Road, St Kilda, Dunedin
The price is $39 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is $104 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Hotel St Clair
Hotel St Clair
3.5 out of 5
24 Esplanade, St. Clair Beach, Dunedin
The price is $129 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Hotel St Clair
Ocean Beach Hotel
Ocean Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
134 Prince Albert Road; St Kilda, Dunedin
The price is $68 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Ocean Beach Hotel
Adrian Motel
Adrian Motel
4 out of 5
101 Queens Dr, St Kilda, Dunedin, OTA
The price is $111 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Adrian Motel
555 Motel Dunedin
555 Motel Dunedin
3 out of 5
555 Andersons Bay Road, Dunedin
The price is $81 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
555 Motel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
The price is $98 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Sunny Little Gem on the Flat
Sunny Little Gem on the Flat
Dunedin, Otago
Sunny Little Gem on the Flat
Majestic Mansions - Apartments at St Clair
Majestic Mansions - Apartments at St Clair
3.5 out of 5
15 Bedford Street, St Clair, Dunedin
The price is $81 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Majestic Mansions - Apartments at St Clair
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