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Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

Dunedin Railway Station


Port Chalmers is a small port about 10 miles northeast of Dunedin. Dunedin is a small city known for being bit of Scotland in New Zealand.


As of Oct 1 2019, travellers from most countries will need to apply for a NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) linked to your passport. It is valid for multiple entries and two years. https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas

Where You're Docked

Your ship will be docked at the commercial pier in Port Chalmers.

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Money and Tipping

New Zealand's currency is the dollar (NZD). Like Australia, prices displayed are inclusive of all taxes. Tipping is not necessary.

Local Transportation

There is a hourly bus service from Port Chalmers to Dunedin with very limited service on weekends. It is probably better to take any cruise ship supplied shuttle into Dunedin which will drop you off at the centrally located Octagon. There is a tourist information office close by.

Bus schedule here https://www.orc.govt.nz/public-transport/dunedin-buses/dunedin-bus-timetables/14-port-chalmers-city

Transport info from newzealand.com website

Public Buses

You will need to get transportation from the port to Dunedin city. 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 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 under NZD 6.40 each way. Once in the city centre (Dunedin), you can use the local buses to see the city from around NZD 1.50 each way.


It is around 15 minutes of drive time from Port Chalmers to Dunedin city. Taxis are available in the maritime precinct. In Dunedin, freephone 0800 789 789, www.corporatecabs.co.nz. Not all taxis accept credit cards - please ask your driver before boarding.


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There isn't much to see in Port Chalmers so you should head out to Dunedin. In Dunedin, things to see include

  • Dunedin Railway Station - this old station is the symbol of Dunedin. It's a couple blocks away from the Octagon.
  • Baldwin Street - the steepest residential street in the world. At the foot of the street is a shop that sells certificates that attest to your visit to Baldwin Street. Take an angled picture. Might be tricky to get to.
  • Speight's Brewery Tour - Speight's is New Zealand's local beer. Free samples at the end of the tour. 200 Rattray St (Nov 2011) Entry fee $23. http://www.speights.co.nz/
  • Wildlife tour - take a tour to see the local wildlife. There is an albatross colony nearby. You can arrange these through the tourist info office and the buses leave from the Octagon.
  • Cadbury Factory - Closed in 2018

Shopping & Restaurants

The main street in George St off the Octagon with plenty of shops, restaurants, and some malls.

There is a New World supermarket on the main street in Port Chalmers and both Countdown and New World Supermarkets close to the Octagon in Dunedin on Great King St.


Cafes and restaurants may provide free wifi to customers. For crew, there is a Seaman's Center in Port Chalmers with internet.

Maps (right-click to save)

Visitor's guide with map here http://www.dunedinguide.co.nz/


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