Cool, quirky and interesting with a fascinating maritime history, those of us who live here feel unbelivably lucky to call Port Chalmers home. The area known officially as West Harbour has much to offer and the community is one of the friendliest and welcoming you would hope to find.
Take a day trip to Port Chalmers and you will revel in the feeling of discovery. Combine a morning tour to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary with a lunch at Carey's Bay Hotel followed by a jaunt through the Port Chalmers shops. Alternatively start the day with a 3 hour wildlife beach ride at beautiful Aramoana with Hare Hill Horsetreks, pop into Carey's Bay for a famous seafood platter, peruse the Main street shops for bargains, visit the Maritime Museum and take in coffee and cake at one of the cafes.
Port Chalmers township, has a host of excellent shops including some great 2nd hand clothing, book and antique shops as well as Digiart Design, The Crafty Banker, and the famous 2gypsies for gifts, art, furniture and homeware. Delicious Blueskin Honey has a base in the main st, and well-known Port Chalmers artist Manu Berry has a printmaking workshop and gallery open to the public. Fans of original jewellery will also be kept happy by the offerings of top designer Debra Fallowfield in her new main street shop and Barking Fish is a well-known Port Chalmers institution.
The 4 Square supermarket keeps locals fed and cruise ships visitors stocked up in chocolate, Sizemores pharmacy is a one stop chemist and post shop and the Petrol station and garage is open 7 days.
The Galley continues a long tradition of great pizza in their sunny main street courtyard while Two cafes on the main street cater to coffee lovers, The Port Royale is a popular destination for coffee, breakfast and lunch while The Union Company for coffee and treats is newly installed in their sunny corner shop.
The Chicks Hotel is one of Dunedin's premier music venues and the revamped Portsider Tavern has probably the best selection of craft beer in the whole Otago area. Add to this the classic kiwi pubs, Mackie's Hotel and The Tunnel and you have a very eclectic mix of bars to choose from on your day out in Port Chalmers. Download a Port Chalmers Map here.
The best misty day activity in Port Chalmers would have to be a look around the Port Chalmers Maritime Museum, featuring a fascinating array of local and maritime history this newly refurbished, beguiling little museum has something for all the family. An absolute must-see for your trip to Port Chalmers. Click here to find out more about the museum.
Visit the incredible Orokonui Ecosanctuary the only place on mainland South Island of New Zealand where native birds, animals and insects can live a life safe from predators. They are free to fly, feed, mate and nest wherever they wish, exactly as they would in the wild. The reserve contains many rare birds and even 89 native Tuatara.
Learn more about the Ecosanctuary here.
Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell is a well developed garden set into the hill just above Port Chalmers in an old bluestone quarry. The garden, named after a former Port Chalmers mayoress, features a gorgeous array of flowering plants and foliage and has a viewing platform with historic photographs taking in a panorama of the Port Chalmers township. Well worth a visit. Download a Port Chalmers Map here
The Port Chalmers Golf Club
could be Otago's best kept golfing secret. The 100 year old nine hole course is situated in the heart of Sawyers Bay amongst mature trees, with wonderful views of the Otago Harbour.
A game at the course can be easily incorporated into your day out or weekend in Port Chalmers.