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Port Chalmers

A short drive from Dunedin, historic Port Chalmers offers an interesting mix of heritage attractions, cafés and galleries.

This deep water port has strong historical ties to the European settlement of the Otago area. Founded in 1844, the early wooden buildings were soon replaced with brick and stone as the wealth of the Otago gold rush began to flow. Many of these early sturdy homes remain, forming part of the bohemian charm of this seaside town.

In 1882, the first frozen meat exports from New Zealand left through Port Chalmers. This trade continues today through the adjacent modern container terminal. Several early Antarctic expeditions left from Port Chalmers, and there remains a memorial to Captain Scott, whose 1901 and 1910 expeditions departed from here. Port Chalmers' seafaring museum is housed in the original 1877 stone post office building. It has a maritime collection and a settlers' collection, telling the stories of early pioneers and many port characters who have lived here over the years.

Something of an artists' colony today, the township is a popular weekend excursion for Dunedin locals. The harbour side setting, intriguing galleries and relaxing eateries, all within easy walking distance of each other, make for a great day out. The area is also popular for salmon and trout fishing from October to April.

Functional facts: Approx. population 1400, visitor centre, limited accommodation, basic shops.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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Braestone Lodge - Accommodation in Dunedin New Zealand
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Situated on 1 acre of coastline, Braestone Lodge features accommodation offering free Wi-Fi and uninterrupted views of the Otago Peninsula. Guests enjoy a tennis court and free use of bicycles to explore the area.St Leonards Braestone Lodge is 10 minutes’ drive from the University of Otago... (more)
Camp Estate - Accommodation in Larnachs Castle New Zealand
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Situated 500 metres from the gates of Larnach Castle, Camp Estate offers modern rooms with views of the surrounding countryside and toward the harbour. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and a cooked breakfast each morning. Each spacious room at Camp Estate features a gas fireplace and a designer ... (more)
Company Bay Lodge - Accommodation in Dunedin New Zealand
Company Bay, Dunedin
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Enjoy our modern, private and spacious accommodation located on the beautiful Otago Peninsula. We are 15 minutes from the centre of Dunedin with ample off street parking and close to all the Peninsula attractions.Our facilities provide commanding panoramic views of the Otago harbour with 3... (more)
Golden Fleece Hotel and Motel - Accommodation in Waikouaiti New Zealand
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Large, comfortable self-contained motel units with rural views. A choice of 4 units with studio, double and family available. Private setting with off-street parking, under your own attached carport. Enjoy our fully licensed restaurant adjacent (Wed to Sat) together with a warm and friendl... (more)
Harington Point Motel - Accommodation in Harington Point New Zealand
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Closest accommodation to albatross, penguin and seal colonies. Enjoy country-style motels in a quiet, peaceful setting. Choice of spacious self-contained cottages, ideal family units with B&B available, choice of studio, 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. These are set amongst mature shrubs and gum trees... (more)
Hereweka Garden Retreat - Accommodation in Dunedin New Zealand
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Hereweka Garden Retreat -Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand.A luxury eco accommodation which has been architecturally designed to blend in with the stunning natural setting of garden, bush and water. This boutique accommodation is self-contained and offers complete privacy. Enjoy your c... (more)
Kaimata Retreat - Accommodation in Cape Saunders New Zealand
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From Kaimata Retreat, experience the raw beauty of the renowned Otago Peninsula. The Retreat offers exceptional accommodation together with a sweeping outlook over the ever-changing waterscape of Papanui Inlet.Escape to Kaimata Retreat‘s natural surrounds, bespoke macrocarpa timbers and un... (more)
Larnach Lodge - Accommodation in Larnachs Castle New Zealand
8.70 287 Reviews
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Situated within the grounds of the impressive Larnach Castle, Larnach Lodge offers individually decorated rooms with free Wi-Fi and panoramic views of the harbour and the Otago Peninsula. Some rooms are located in the historic stables, while other rooms are located in the lodge itself. ... (more)
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Wake up to amazing harbour views from your private balcony at the Otago Peninsula Motel, located across the street from Otago Harbour. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and free parking. The air-conditioned accommodation includes a well-equipped kitchenette with a 2-burner stovetop, a microwave a... (more)
Penguin Place Lodge - Accommodation in Harington Point New Zealand
5.50 2 Reviews
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Set on a private farm at the end of the Otago Peninsula, Penguin Place Lodge offers a unique farm stay experience with beautiful views and the best of New Zealand country lifestyle. Situated alongside a penguin reserve and just a 5-minute drive from the Royal Albatross and seal colonies... (more)
Pioneer Motels - Accommodation in Palmerston New Zealand
Palmerston
034651234
We have 10 clean, comfortable spacious, ground-floor units with full kitchen facilities. Separate bedroom and bathroom with lounge/dining area. Close to all town amenities (restaurants, supermarkets, takeaways and hotels). We are 40 minutes from Dunedin and Oamaru, half way between Christc... (more)
Portobello Motel - Accommodation in Dunedin New Zealand
9.50 365 Reviews
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Located in the heart of the Otago Peninsula, Portobello Motel offers accommodation with a kitchenette. Guests enjoy 200MB of free Wi-Fi per day. It is 5 minutes’ walk from shops, cafes and the local pub.All accommodation offers a flat-screen TV, electric blankets and a seating area. Some a... (more)
Portobello Village Kiwi Tourist Park - Accommodation in Dunedin New Zealand
Dunedin
034780359
Located on the Otago Peninsula in the seaside town of Portobello, only a short drive from Dunedin. Close to world-renowned wildlife colonies of royal albatross and yellow-eyed penguins, Larnach Castle, Marine Studies Aquarium, many walks and spectacular beaches. Excellent surfing nearby. V... (more)
St Leonards Lodge - Accommodation in Dunedin New Zealand
9.80 6 Reviews
Otago, Dunedin
034712266
Featuring free Wi-Fi and uninterrupted views of the Otago Peninsula, St Leonards Lodge is located on 1 acre of coastline. Guests enjoy a tennis court and free use of bicycles.St Leonards Lodge is 5 km from the Forsyth Barr Stadium and the University of Otago. Dunedin is 15 minutes’ drive a... (more)
The Lodge - Broad Bay - Accommodation in Dunedin New Zealand
Dunedin
0272283380
After you have explored the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula with its great beaches and walkways; penguin, royal albatross and seal colonies; harbour cruises & Larnarch Castle, or have indulged yourselves in the cafe scene, galleries, restaurants and city life of Dunedin, our private & self... (more)
Waihemo Lodge Hotel - Accommodation in Palmerston New Zealand
Palmerston
034651700
Stay in a comfortable country hotel with affordable prices. Choice of 6 in-house rooms - single, double and twin with ensuite. Alternatively 14 exterior units with linen. Licensed restaurant and bar on site, together with conference room for small groups. Ideal stopover to Central Otago or... (more)
Waikouaiti Tavern & Beach Motels - Accommodation in Waikouaiti New Zealand
Waikouaiti
034657340
Clean and spacious motel situated 25 minutes north of Dunedin. 4 self-contained units. Peaceful surroundings. Only 5 minutes walk to our beautiful beach. Golf course, bowls, petanque and tennis. Local fishing/charters can be arranged. 45 minutes to Macraes Gold Mine, tours available. 25 mi... (more)
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