Cruises to Dunedin - Port Chalmers

New Zealand

Dunedin - Port Chalmers

The port of call for Dunedin

A charming historic city that stretches around a long and beautiful harbour, sheltered by the stunning Otago Peninsula.

The discovery of gold inland from Dunedin hastened the city’s development and endowed it with the best Victorian and Edwardian architecture outside Britain. The city is home to New Zealand’s only castle, the neo- Gothic-style Larnach Castle, as well as the country’s oldest university and longest surviving newspaper, The Otago Daily Times. Dunedin has a youthful and vibrant arts, cafe and bar scene, which provides a lively and edgy atmosphere. The city was settled by Scottish pioneers in 1848 who were looking to create a home away from home. In fact, Dunedin is the Celtic name for Edinburgh.

At A Glance


118,683 (2006 census)


English and Te Reo Maori


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Dunedin - Port Chalmers Shore Tours

Most Popular

Guest favourites, the most booked Shore Tours at this port

Great houses of Dunedin


4.5 hours

Adult: $119.99pp

Child: $89.99pp

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Taieri Gorge Railway


6 hours

Adult: $229.99pp

Child: $189.99pp

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Dunedin City Sights & Olveston House


4.5 hours

Adult: $89.99pp

Child: $69.99pp

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Must See

Our handpicked Shore Tours are a must for any guest.

Nature's Wonders: Wildlife Cruise & Penguins


7.58 hours

Adult: $315.99pp

Child: $235.99pp

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Guided Walk to Mt. Cargill & the Organ Pipes


3.5 hours

Adult: $169.99pp

Child: $149.99pp

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Taieri Gorge Railway - No Frills - Pukerangi


5 hours

Adult: $145.99pp

Child: $109.99pp

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What To See

Beauty and wildlife of the Otago Peninsula

The Otago Peninsula is arguably New Zealand’s most renowned eco-tourism area. There are unique opportunities to view a range of wildlife including royal albatross, blue penguins and the rare yellow-eyed penguins, as well as a variety of seals and land and water birds. There are a number of wildlife and scenic tours available, either by land or harbour cruise.

Learn about the heritage of the region

Dunedin is a picture postcard of historic buildings and houses. The city is widely regarded as having the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage architecture in the southern hemisphere. Its many stunning buildings include Dunedin Railway Station, the most photographed building in New Zealand; Olveston, a historic home that provides an intimate glimpse into Dunedin lifestyle during the Edwardian era; the magnificent 130-year-old stone buildings of the University of Otago, and Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle.

Baldwin Street

Baldwin Street is the steepest street in the world. One part of the upper section has a gradient of 1 in 2.86, which tilts it at an angle of 19 degrees! There is a souvenir shop in the 1914 former Post Office where you can buy a certificate acknowledging your achievement of conquering the world’s steepest street, signed by the mayor.

Tour a chocolate factory or brewery

Those of you with a sweet tooth will be thrilled to learn that Cadbury’s New Zealand factory is located in Dunedin... and it’s open to the public! Alternatively, step back in time with a Speight’s brewery tour, dating back to 1876.

Stroll through Dunedin’s beautiful Botanic Gardens

Wander across rolling lawns and through aromatic herb gardens to the spectacular rose gardens in Dunedin’s Botanic Gardens, founded in 1868. This is a tranquil and very civilised way to take a break from the hustle and bustle.

More About Port Chalmers


Your ship will dock in Port Chalmers, approximately 20 kilometres from the city of Dunedin. For a small charge shuttle buses will be available to transfer you into the city. Please refer to your Pacific Daily for further information.


Taxis are available pier-side and at designated taxi stands throughout the city.


Dunedin has a vibrant cafe and cuisine culture with restaurants, bars and cafes ranging from edgy and funky to formal and international, and everything in between. You’ll find a host of cafes and restaurants around The Octagon (an octagonal series of streets in downtown Dunedin), Lower Stuart Street, Princes Street and George Street. Look out for the world famous Dunedin cheese roll! Oozing with piping hot cheese and French onion filling, they have been a popular snack in tearooms, cafés and milk bars for more than 60 years.

Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.


Shopping is available along George Street. The various boutiques and department stores sell everything from arts and crafts to clothing, including collections from Dunedin fashion designers. Popular items to purchase include natural woollen products, native woodwork and items of Scottish heritage.


Dunedin’s climate is generally dry and mild. In summer the maximum temperature will sit in the low 20’s. Occasionally Dunedin will experience four seasons in a day.


Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.


Public telephones and internet access are available in Dunedin. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.


To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water and a warm, waterproof jacket in case it gets windy or starts to rain.


There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Dunedin. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.


Please dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.

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