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Cruises visiting Port Chalmers & all Port Chalmers cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Port Chalmers in the 2019-2021 seasons.

Future sailings will be shown here as they become available, and alternative ports in the region can be viewed at New Zealand Cruises. Please contact one of our cruise specialists today on 1800 121 187 if you require further assistance.

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Port Chalmers, a suburb and the deep water port of the city of Dunedin, lies 10 km inside Otago Harbour, on the SE coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Rail and road link it 15 km to Dunedin's city centre. Most of Port Chalmers' economic activity comes from the container terminal. Smaller vessels can proceed up the harbour to Dunedin. The town’s buildings bear memories of its history, and its early Scottish settlers of 1848. Port Chalmers was the last port visited by Robert Falcon Scott before heading south on his final expedition to Antarctica. A large stone monument now stands above the town dedicated to Scott's final expedition in 1910.

Today the town is regarded as a haven for alternative life-stylers. Many artists and musicians have called Port Chalmers their home. Walk up the knoll to Observation Point, overlooking the docks, and take in the beautiful panorama of Otago Harbour and surrounding hills. Part of Observation Point features modern sculptures by noted New Zealanders. As you explore the town see a wide range of art and culture from potters, painters, jewellers and fashion designers. The small seafaring museum, housed in the original 1877 stone post office building near the cruise terminal, has a significant display of nautical history.

The natural deepwater port is a prime salmon fishing spot, and the harbour’s sheltered bays are perfect for kayaking and rowing. Nine kilometres ENE from Port Chalmers, at the harbour entrance, is Taiaroa Head (an hour drive from the port via Dunedin), the only mainland breeding colony of royal albatross in the world (ocean birds with a 3-metre wingspan), and home to other ocean birds, seal and penguin species, including one of the world’s rarest, the Yellow Eyed Penguin. In the 1990s a new trade in visiting cruise ships added another element and continues to expand.