St Clair is located very close to central city Dunedin and also has a large residential base. Surfers are the main users at the beach and they use it year round on most days. The Surf Club is located 500 metres from the western headland and this is where the concentration of swimmers are located during the summer months. St Clair is a very popular beach with many regular users.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Shell fish gathering
- Wind/kite surfing
- Car parking
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
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Safety at St Clair
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Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
27 October 2012 – 16 March 2013
- weekends 12-5pm
- weekdays (17 December 2012 to 25 January 2013) 11am–7pm
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting St Clair. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►
The Water Safety Code:
- Be prepared
- Watch out for yourself and others
- Be aware of the dangers
- Know your limits
St Clair Beach is located five kilometres from central city Dunedin (the Octagon). St Clair Surf Life Saving Club is located at the beach around 100 metres northeast of the Esplanade Road that runs past the shops and foreshore. St Clair Beach lies 1600 metres southwest of St Kilda Surf Life Saving Club and lies on the same stretch of beach that extends from the western headland at St Clair for 3.5 kilometres where it reaches Lawyers Head in the east. St Clair Beach is a fine golden sand at its western headland. There is a rocky outcrop that reaches into the surrounding hills. There is a large seawall protecting shops and houses directly behind the beach on Esplanade Road. St Clair is backed by a large residential community with a racecourse and golf course at the beach.