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Port Chalmers

45°48'51" S 170°37'35" N

From the world’s steepest street to the country’s only castle, Dunedin is a city that has many stories to share and activities to experience. Few New Zealand cities have such an impressive mix of old and new as Dunedin.

Not only is it the second largest city in the South Island, it’s also home to some of the country’s rarest locals. The city sits at the head of a dramatic natural harbour protected by the Otago Peninsula. The peninsula is known for its wildlife particularly the northern royal albatross, the world’s rarest penguin, and various species of seals, sea lions and birds.

Dunedin is commonly referred to as New Zealand’s wildlife capital and a major eco-tourism destination but it also has a reputation for fine arts, fashion and culture. This, combined with its colourful student life and a repertoire of unique cuisine and quirky events, makes Dunedin an attractive and fun destination.

The city’s heritage was built on the gold rushes of the 1860s and today Victorian and Edwardian buildings can still be seen at every turn. The grandeur and rich heritage of Dunedin’s historic homes is something to be experienced.

Arrival Port
Port Otago

Port Otago has two berthing facilities.
Larger ships need to berth at Port Chalmers and smaller ships may berth at Dunedin which is closer to the city of Dunedin.


Channel Draft: 42.0 feet (12.8 metres)

Max LOA: More than 1,049.9 feet (320 metres).
Will depend on ship’s manoeuvrability in swinging basin.

Berth Draft:
C/T berth – 41.0 feet (12.2 metres)
Beach Street berth – 38.0 feet (11.6 metres)

Shore Gangways: 2 shore brows
Ability to service height of 11.5 metres using rig of platforms and 4*10 metre gangways.
2* facilities to access height of 7.0 metres plus – 3*8 metre gangways and 1*6 metre gangway.

Tidal Range:
Neap – 4.7 feet (1.45 metres)
Spring – 7.18 feet (2.19 metres)

Gateway to
Dunedin, Otago Peninsula and Coastal Otago

Distance to the city
12 km (7.5 miles) to Dunedin

Port Chalmers is easily explored on foot.
You will need to take a taxi or bus to get to Dunedin. It is around 15 minutes by taxi and around 30 minutes by public bus.

Taxi Service
Dunedin Taxis, +64 3 477 7777,
Taxis can be hired at NZD$75 per hour for a car that sits 4 passengers, or NZD$85 for a van that sits 11 passengers. Minimum 2 hour charge applies.

Public Bus Service
If you wish to explore Dunedin city, you can take the local bus service from Port Chalmers to Dunedin City which will take around half an hour.
Bus departs from the corner of Harrington, Fox and Meridian Streets.
To return to Port Chalmers, go to Cumberland Street stand 4 (outside Countdown), and catch the Port Chalmers bus back. It should cost around NZD$5 each way.

Once in the city centre (Dunedin), you can use the local buses to see the city from around NZD$1.50.

Private Vehicle Charter

Visit the i-SITE Kiosk at the port for details of other Rental Vehicle options.

ATM machines/ Currency Exchange
ATM machines can be found all around Dunedin city.

The New World Supermarket at Port Chalmers also gives cash out to cruise passengers.

Credit cards are accepted by all major retailers and activity providers.

Currency exchange can be done in banks, located all around the city

Shopping Hours
Mon-Thu: 9am to 5.30pm
Fri: 9am to 7pm
Weekends: 9am to 5pm

Nearest Supermarket
New World, 63 George Street, Port Chalmers, +64 3 472 8746

Nearest Internet Café

  • Free Wi-Fi is provided on the wharf and on the main street of the Port Chalmers township.
  • Port Chalmers Public Library, directly opposite the port entrance.
  • There are various internet cafes in the central city (Dunedin)
  • Free Wifi is available in the Octagon, Dunedin city centre.

Post Office
Dunedin Post Shop City Central, 233 Moray Place +64 34740932

Summer: High of 73F (23°C), low of 50F (10°C)
Winter: High of 48F (9°C), low of 32F (0°C);
Average rainfall of 809 mm and average sunshine of 1590 hours.

Download the Dunedin cruise brochure which includes inner city maps.

Visitor Information

Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Information Kiosk, Wharfside Port Chalmers
Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Information City Centre, 20 Princes Street, Dunedin, +64 3 474 3300,

What is Dunedin known for?
Wildlife, finest collection of Victorian and Edwardian architectural heritage buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, has the world’s only permanently covered stadium that grows grass, Scottish heritage – ‘The Edinburgh of the South’, University city, quirky and alternative fashion and art, Speight’s beer.

Attractions & Activities

  • Otago Peninsula for wildlife
  • Speight’s Brewery tour
  • Cadbury Chocolate Factory tour
  • Larnach Castle – New Zealand’s only castle
  • City heritage and walking tours
  • Taieri Gorge Railway
  • The city’s gardens of international significance
  • Baldwin Street – the world’s steepest street
  • Olveston historic house
  • Otago Museum with the Tropical Butterfly House
  • Lookouts:
  • Mount Cargill lookout (15km north of city);
  • Signal Hill Lookout
  • Flagstaff Lookout, Aurora Street, Port Chalmers

For more information on visitor attractions, visit

Enterprise Dunedin
Contact: Gil Abercrombie, Travel Trade Sales & Marketing

Headfirst Travel
Contact: Ralph Davies, Director

Mainland Air
Contact: Phil Kean, CEO

Port Otago
Contact: Peter Brown, Commercial Manager

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Upcoming visits

Ship Date Time
Radiance Of The Seas 22-Nov-2017 0800 - 1800
Noordam 29-Nov-2017 0900 - 1800
Sun Princess 30-Nov-2017 0800 - 1800
Celebrity Solstice 03-Dec-2017 0900 - 1900
Norwegian Jewel 06-Dec-2017 0900 - 1900

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