Welcome to the Hydro Esplanade Apartments online bookings. Our newly renovated spacious apartments are located on Dunedin ‘s premium surf beach at St Clair. Enjoy the all year round holiday atmosphere, meet friendly locals, watch the ever changing ocean and surfers from your dining table. Leisurely walks on the long white sandy beach, fun at the family play ground, swims in the heated salt water pool, coffee at the local cafes and casual dining at the authentic Italian Esplanade Restaurant are all at your door step.
Over the past 93 years thousands have enjoyed the Hydro. In the 20’s as the Hydro Grand Hotel, stylish dine and dance parties and weddings at the Hydro Tearooms in the 30’s & 40’s, then courting and chocolate sundaes at the Kandel Light Coffee Lounge during the 60’s and 70’s. We purchased the building in 1985 and opened Hydro Surf, Dunedin’s first surf shop.
A major renovation in 2013 of this iconic building included the redevelopment of Esplanade Restaurant by highly regarded New Zealand Restauranteur Katrina Toovey with an award winning interior design by Nat & Emily of Cheshire Architects . The top level flats that had seen many a party were also transformed into these WOW beach front apartments.
We invite you to stay at The Hydro and enjoy this historical building with the best views and roof top Terrance in Dunedin and be amongst the outstanding social and natural environment of St Clair.