Port Chalmers

Port Chalmers

Port Chalmers on Otago Harbour is both the main port for Dunedin and a lovely old port town. It’s about 20 kilometres from central Dunedin. There are good cafes and a couple of great viewpoints that overlook the town and port.

Like many other towns in the South Island, it has benefitted from being relatively important in the 1800s, resulting in a number of substantial Victorian and Edwardian era buildings and houses. Limited growth thereafter provides a strong sense of the town’s history.

It’s easy to incorporate the town into a trip to Aramoana at the harbour mouth. Scenic Blueskin Road also starts at Port Chalmers and climbs 300 metres above the town to the Orokonui Bird Sanctuary, then drops back down to Waitati. Or take a loop back to Dunedin on Mount Cargill Road.

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