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Ocean Grove

Mark Miller

Ocean Grove is tucked beyond Lawyer’s Head at the east end of St Kilda Beach. Also known by its former name of Tomahawk, it is a small semi-rural community.

Ocean Grove is situated at the start of the Otago Peninsula and surrounded by natural features: the Pacific Ocean, Tomahawk and Smaill’s beaches, Tomahawk Lagoon and its associated wildlife and the Ocean Grove Recreational Reserve. It feels a world away from the city, yet it’s only 6.5km – a 12-minute drive – from central Dunedin.

There are two clubs based at Ocean Grove: Grants Braes Association Football Club, which has its home at the reserve; and the Tautuku Fishing Club, which occupies a large two-story stone homestead. Glencairn was built in the 1870s for the Smaill family, who farmed the area up until 1952. The fishing club purchased the homestead in 1972 and it serves as both its clubrooms and a function venue.

Photo credit: Will Ellis,

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