Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand Cruise Port

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About Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

The attractive, historic town and modern container port of Port Chalmers, on a tiny peninsula 12km from Dunedin, is worth a half-day trip for its magnificent harbour views offset by bush-covered hills, its fine nineteenth-century buildings and its thriving artistic community. The site was chosen in 1844 as the port to serve the proposed Scottish settlement of New Edinburgh, later called Dunedin. The first settlers arrived on the John Wickliffe in March 1848 and named the port after the Reverend Dr Thomas Chalmers.

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We enjoyed visiting the Larnach Castle and Cadbury Chocolate factory tours and saw the city's attractrions on a hop on hop off bus. We learned the haunting stories about the family who lived at the castle and saw the gardens and ate salmon wraps and carrot cup cakes. We had a delightful tour guide at the Cadbury chocolate factory. We got bags of awesome chocolate and ate a chocolate lunch. Of course, bought bars of chocolate home.

Visited: Oct 30, 2017

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Beautiful and fascinating little town full of historical buildings and churches. The town is easy to navigate and has plenty of great places to eat. The historical train station has fascinating architecture. We took the train ride down the mountain which was glorious but I advise pre organising a tour as we just got on a random tour and the guide was hopeless. Luckily the train ride made up for it.


Cadbury factory and the Speights Brewery! That was perfect for us - chocolate and beer! The only downside is that the transportation around town isn't great for tourists. Expect a lot of walking.

Visited: Dec 09, 2017

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