St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool. © DunedinNZ

Swim at St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool


Alongside New Zealand’s most consistent surf break, Dunedin’s St Clair Beach is also home to one of the country’s few heated saltwater pools. 

Opening back in 1884, the legendary St Clair Salt Hot Water Pool was first heated in the 1960s, and has remained an iconic spot on the Dunedin coast ever since. 

Swim laps and stay warm while the waves break on boulders next to the pool. 

St Clair Beach is also a stellar spot for a surf. With the wild Pacific Ocean meeting a stunning stretch of powdery white sand, surfers flock here all year round. There are surfing lessons and board hire available for beginners, too.

Plus, with a pretty seaside esplanade studded with cafés and bars, St Clair is equally appealing for landlubbers.

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