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St. Clair Beach

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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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178 Cheap Hotels 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 NZ$63 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly 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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (385 reviews)
"Nice, simple, clean"

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
The price is NZ$168 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (979 reviews)
"We liked the location and the room was lovely, warm and quiet. I believe if you are going to charge for parking the parks need to be numbered and that you are given your parking number at check in."

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2021

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Adrian Motel
Adrian Motel
4 out of 5
101 Queens Dr, St Kilda, Dunedin, OTA
The price is NZ$179 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Situated by the sea, this eco-friendly 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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (25 reviews)
"Fantastic apartment with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Really lovely owners who provided a warm welcome and were very accommodating when our plans had to change last minute due to flight cancellations. Only a 5 minute walk to the beach and a play park which was perfect for a family ..."

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2021

Adrian Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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12 Feb. 2020

Its a nice walk around and fllat from Clyde road.

3/5 - Okay

Heather

27 Oct. 2019

We went to go for brunch, but on a sunny Sunday morning, no parking could be found near the cafes.

5/5 - Excellent

MaureenH

23 Mar. 2019

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Top St. Clair Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels
Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels
3.5 out of 5
41 Victoria Road, St Kilda, Dunedin
The price is NZ$63 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
4 out of 5
137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
The price is NZ$168 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
The Victoria Hotel Dunedin
Adrian Motel
Adrian Motel
4 out of 5
101 Queens Dr, St Kilda, Dunedin, OTA
The price is NZ$179 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Adrian Motel
Fable Dunedin
Fable Dunedin
5 out of 5
310 Princes St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$224 per night from 23 Aug. to 23 Aug.
Fable Dunedin
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
4.5 out of 5
118 High Street, Dunedin
The price is NZ$178 per night from 31 Jul. to 31 Jul.
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Ocean Beach Hotel
Ocean Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
134 Prince Albert Road; St Kilda, Dunedin
The price is NZ$109 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Ocean Beach Hotel
Hotel St Clair
Hotel St Clair
3.5 out of 5
24 Esplanade, St. Clair Beach, Dunedin
The price is NZ$199 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Hotel St Clair
Quest Dunedin
Quest Dunedin
4 out of 5
333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
The price is NZ$145 per night from 31 Jul. to 31 Jul.
Quest Dunedin
Sunny Little Gem on the Flat
Sunny Little Gem on the Flat
44 Bird St, Dunedin, Otago
Sunny Little Gem on the Flat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.