Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand

Port Chalmers is the main port of the city of Dunedin, New Zealand. Although it has been a suburb since local body reorganisation in the 1980s, it is still regarded by most people throughout Dunedin as a separate town. Port Chalmers lies ten kilometres inside Otago Harbour, some 15 kilometres northeast from Dunedin's city centre.

Dunedin is the second-largest city on the south island of New Zealand. It is built in a natural harbour on a relatively small area of flat land, and is surrounded by steep hillsides. Some of its streets are very steep; Baldwin Street is claimed to be the steepest in the world.

Dunedin is known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture; notable buildings include First Church and Larnach Castle. Other attractions include the famous Captain Cook Tavern, the local Speight's brewery and the Cadbury factory.

Things to See and Do

* Kiwi Shuttles tours
* Speights Brewery Tours
* Dunedin Casino
* The Octagon – city centre
* Cadbury factory tour

General information

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency - New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Language – English, Maori
Land Area – 3,314.8 km²
Population – 132,000 approx
Electricity – 2 Angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time - GMT plus 12 hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 64

Port Location – Cruise ships dock at Port Chalmers which is located in Otago Harbor.

Transport Links – Dunedin airport is located southwest of the city and is largely a domestic terminal, however it does offer some international flights to some Australian capital cities. There are several daily bus services from Christchurch, Invercargill, Wanaka and Queenstown. The railway station is close to the centre of town. Unfortunately there is no longer a regular long distance passenger train service, but some people arrive in the city by the local scenic trains.

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Cruises from Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand

Cruise Date Duration
Le Soleal, 14 Night Expedition to New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands ex Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand Return 09/12/21 14 nts
Le Soleal, 14 Night Expedition to New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands ex Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand Return 23/12/21 14 nts
Le Soleal, 7 Night New Zealand South Island Expedition ex Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand Return 06/01/22 7 nts
Le Laperouse, 11 Night Natural treasures of New-Zealand ex Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand to Auckland, New Zealand 07/01/22 11 nts
Le Soleal, 21 Night Scott & Shackleton's Antarctic - Ross Sea Expedition ex Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand Return 13/01/22 21 nts
Le Soleal, 21 Night Scott & Shackleton's Antarctic - Ross Sea Expedition ex Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand Return 03/02/22 21 nts
Le Soleal, 7 Night New Zealand Mosaic ex Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand to Auckland, New Zealand 24/02/22 7 nts
Le Soleal, 14 Night Expedition to New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands - with National Geographic ex Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand Retu 14/12/22 14 nts
Le Soleal, 14 Night Expedition to New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands ex Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand Return 28/12/22 14 nts
Le Soleal, Scott & Shackleton's Antarctic - Ross Sea Expedition ex Dunedin, New Zealand to Hobart, Tasmania 22/01/23 22 nts
Crystal Endeavor, 22 Nights Antarctica & The Ross Sea Expedition ex Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 28/01/24 22 nts