Port Chalmers is a very independent satellite of Dunedin. All port movements, both people and goods/product pass through this very efficient port destination. The early heritage of a long term port facility is very apparent in this quite dynamic town.
The Port is situated 12k from Dunedin and is serviced by rail and a good road that quickly feeds into the heart of Dunedin.
Most of Port Chalmers' economic activity centres on the container terminal. Fishing, of historic importance, is now only a small part of the economy. The creative arts are also important to the town's economy; Port Chalmers and the surrounding suburbs of Careys Bay, Roseneath and Sawyers Bay have a thriving arts community, and the town is regarded as a haven for alternative life stylers that a stroll in the town quickly delivers.
The township has recognised the value of its ‘old’ buildings and the historic factor and preservation is a fantastic tribute.
The Museum is a great maritime experience and if this your stuff allow plenty of time.
If you delight in the maritime allow a minimum of half a day plus coffee and drinks.