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Port Chalmers

Port Chalmers is a small port town in the Otago region of New Zealand's South Island. It is located on the Otago Harbour, approximately 12 km northeast of the city of Dunedin, and is the main port of the region.

The town of Port Chalmers was established in 1844, and was initially a whaling station. The town has a long history of shipbuilding, fishing, and trading, and it was the first port of call for the first steamship to visit New Zealand.

The town has a population of around 3,000 people, and its main industries are tourism, fishing, and shipping. It is a popular destination for tourists, and there are a number of attractions in the area, including the historic Otago Harbour, the historic Port Chalmers Railway Station, and the Port Chalmers Museum.

The town is also home to a number of historic buildings, including the old Customs House, the former Bank of New Zealand building, and the historic Chalmers Church. The town also has a number of beaches, parks, and reserves, as well as a number of shops and restaurants.

Port Chalmers is an important part of New Zealand's maritime history, with the first steamship to visit New Zealand, the SS Cuba, docking in Port Chalmers in 1844. The town was also the site of the first inter-island ferry service in New Zealand, with the first service running between Port Chalmers and Wellington in 1875.

Port Chalmers is a charming port town with a rich history, and a great place to visit for tourists and locals alike.

Excursion tips for a day in Port Chalmers

As a tourist in Port Chalmers, New Zealand, there are many activities to enjoy in the area. Here is a list of some of the best things to do in the area on a day trip:

1. Visit the Port Chalmers Museum to learn about the area's history and culture.
2. Explore the Otago Peninsula and take in the stunning views of the harbor.
3. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront and admire the beautiful scenery.
4. Take a boat tour around the harbor to see the area from the water.
5. Visit the local wineries and sample some of the area's delicious wines.
6. Check out the local art galleries and browse through the works of local artists.
7. Head to the beach and take a dip in the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean.
8. Take a scenic drive along the Otago coastline and explore the stunning scenery.
9. Spend the day shopping in the local stores and picking up souvenirs.
10. Sample the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the area.

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The climate in Port Chalmers

Port Chalmers in New Zealand experiences mild temperatures throughout the year, with the average daily temperature ranging from 10-20°C. In summer (December-February), temperatures can reach up to 25°C and humidity is high. Autumn (March-May) sees a decrease in temperature and rainfall, and days become shorter and cooler. Winter (June-August) is the coldest season, with temperatures dropping to around 8°C and occasional frosts. Spring (September-November) brings milder temperatures and more sunshine, with an increase in rainfall.

Cruise weather for Port Chalmers

Our weather forecast for Port Chalmers helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Feb. 21st 2024 Feb. 21st 2024 max: 18.2 °C
min: 3.7 °C
9.7 m/s
17.6 m/s
7.9 %
24.1 m
72.6 %
1,025 hPa
Feb. 22nd 2024 Feb. 22nd 2024 max: 19.1 °C
min: 5.5 °C
10.4 m/s
10.1 m/s
51.3 %
24.1 m
77.2 %
1,023 hPa
Feb. 23rd 2024 Feb. 23rd 2024 max: 23.6 °C
min: 8.2 °C
9.7 m/s
20.5 m/s
78.6 %
24.1 m
73.3 %
1,014 hPa
Feb. 24th 2024 Feb. 24th 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 10.7 °C
11.2 m/s
39.2 m/s
73.3 %
23.3 m
64.4 %
1,001 hPa
Feb. 25th 2024 Feb. 25th 2024 max: 18.3 °C
min: 12.4 °C
10.4 m/s
32.4 m/s
90.9 %
11.9 m
86.8 %
1,000 hPa
Feb. 26th 2024 Feb. 26th 2024 max: 13.1 °C
min: 9.9 °C
8.3 m/s
14.0 m/s
88.2 %
13.9 m
95.6 %
1,011 hPa
Feb. 27th 2024 Feb. 27th 2024 max: 11.5 °C
min: 8.7 °C
6.8 m/s
21.2 m/s
95.6 %
21.0 m
87.8 %
1,020 hPa
Feb. 28th 2024 Feb. 28th 2024 max: 14.8 °C
min: 6.2 °C
11.5 m/s
28.4 m/s
64.7 %
21.8 m
83.9 %
1,022 hPa
Feb. 29th 2024 Feb. 29th 2024 max: 18.6 °C
min: 8.3 °C
12.6 m/s
26.6 m/s
54.4 %
23.8 m
82.2 %
1,013 hPa
Mar. 1st 2024 Mar. 1st 2024 max: 24.5 °C
min: 8.6 °C
17.6 m/s
49.3 m/s
81.0 %
20.6 m
60.9 %
1,001 hPa
Mar. 2nd 2024 Mar. 2nd 2024 max: 19.5 °C
min: 4.9 °C
17.3 m/s
57.0 m/s
80.7 %
18.9 m
81.7 %
999 hPa
Mar. 3rd 2024 Mar. 3rd 2024 max: 6.4 °C
min: 3.9 °C
24.8 m/s
62.3 m/s
37.2 %
18.6 m
78.2 %
1,004 hPa
Mar. 4th 2024 Mar. 4th 2024 max: 14.5 °C
min: 5.2 °C
19.8 m/s
57.6 m/s
80.8 %
24.1 m
65.2 %
1,010 hPa

Cruises to Port Chalmers

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Scheduled ship calls in Port Chalmers, New Zealand
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Feb. 28th 2024 Wednesday, 28th of Feb. 2024 MS Noordam 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 7th 2024 Thursday, 7th of Mar. 2024 MS Volendam 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 16th 2024 Saturday, 16th of Mar. 2024 MS Noordam 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 29th 2024 Friday, 29th of Mar. 2024 MS Noordam 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Nov. 16th 2024 Saturday, 16th of Nov. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 22nd 2024 Friday, 22nd of Nov. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 11th 2024 Wednesday, 11th of Dec. 2024 MS Europa 2 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 13th 2024 Friday, 13th of Dec. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 26th 2024 Thursday, 26th of Dec. 2024 MS Westerdam 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 12th 2025 Sunday, 12th of Jan. 2025 MS Europa 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 13th 2025 Monday, 13th of Jan. 2025 MS Westerdam 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 23rd 2025 Thursday, 23rd of Jan. 2025 Seabourn Quest 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 25th 2025 Saturday, 25th of Jan. 2025 MS Westerdam 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 10th 2025 Monday, 10th of Feb. 2025 MS Westerdam 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 22nd 2025 Saturday, 22nd of Feb. 2025 MS Westerdam 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 23rd 2025 Sunday, 23rd of Feb. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 10th 2025 Monday, 10th of Mar. 2025 MS Westerdam 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 15th 2025 Saturday, 15th of Mar. 2025 MS Artania 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Mar. 22nd 2025 Saturday, 22nd of Mar. 2025 MS Westerdam 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Nov. 17th 2025 Monday, 17th of Nov. 2025 MS Noordam 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Nov. 29th 2025 Saturday, 29th of Nov. 2025 MS Noordam 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 11th 2025 Thursday, 11th of Dec. 2025 MS Noordam 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 11th 2025 Thursday, 11th of Dec. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 6th 2026 Friday, 6th of Feb. 2026 MS Noordam 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 16th 2026 Monday, 16th of Feb. 2026 Seabourn Sojourn 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 23rd 2026 Monday, 23rd of Feb. 2026 MS Noordam 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 7th 2026 Saturday, 7th of Mar. 2026 MS Noordam 07:00 am 06:00 pm

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