The conditions can be challenging and downright cold, but Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula may offer the best surfing on the South Island. For waves close to the city, St. Clair beach is just ten minutes from downtown, but the trip to the Otago Peninsula is worthwhile. There are few surfers and a number of excellent breaks including Allans Beach and Sandfly Bay.

Surfing Lessons

Esplanade Surf School (Dunedin)

  • On St. Clair Beach 10 minutes from Dunedin
  • Individual and group lessons catering to all abilities
  • During the winter, surfing lessons are by appointment only

Surfing Rentals

Esplanade Surf School (Dunedin)

  • Surfboard and wetsuit hire ranging from foam beginner boards to high performance short boards
  • During the winter, surfboard rentals are by appointment only
Allans Beach, Dunedin
Allans Beach on the Otago Peninsula | Credit: Chris Burkard


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