Most larger ships dock at Port Chalmers. It is about seven miles or a twenty-minute drive to Dunedin. Taxis are generally available at the pier.
Smaller ships dock in Dunedin itself, 1km from city center.
There is a shuttle bus service from the dock to the Octagon in the city center, a 15- 30 minute drive The road follows the bay side, so you'll get a short sightseeing trip, as well. The fare is 7.50 NZ.
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Dunedin, old Gaelic for Edinburgh, is the second-largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, located in the Otago region.
At the head of one of New Zealand's loveliest harbors lies gracious,
It was envisioned by its Scottish founders as the "Edinburgh of
the South." The city boasts a wealth of fine Victorian and Edwardian
buildings, complete with spires, gables, and gargoyles. Its Scottish
heritage is evoked in street names and the sturdy appeal of its handsome
stone buildings. Dunedin's unique charm prompted one of its most famous
visitors, Mark Twain, to write, "The people here are Scots.
They stopped here on their way to heaven, thinking they had arrived." True
to its heritage, Dunedin boasts the country's only kilt maker and whiskey
distillery, as well as a statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns in the
heart of the city.
Dunedin is South Island's second largest city after Christchurch. It prospered enormously after gold was discovered in Central Otago in the 1860s. This resulted in a golden era for architecture, culture and industry, making Dunedin the wealthiest and most influential town in Victorian New Zealand.
Baldwin Street. Located in Dunedin's North East Valley suburb. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it is the steepest street in the world. Take the ten-minute walk to the top or drive up to enjoy the view looking down!
This eight-sided park in the heart of Dunedin reflects the city's Scottish heritage with a statue of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet.
St. Paul's Cathedral
This impressive Anglican Church is constructed with Oamaru stone. It features fine interior woodwork and stained-glass windows.
Edwardian Railway Station
Completed in 1904, the station is decorated with stained-glass windows and a beautiful mosaic floor.
Noted as one of the finest museums in the country, the Otago features a remarkable collection of Oceanic art, marine life and maritime exhibits. Other displays portray the history of the region's early settlers.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
The Dunedin Bus Service is fairly average but cheap and does get you around. The main line service, St Clair-Normanby, runs every 15 minutes and is handy to about a dozen of the City's attractions. All Buses on the Peninsula service are Wheel Chair Friendly.
The Taieri Gorge Railway trip is excellent, There are 2 trains, one for the ship that leaves from the dock at Port Chalmers and one for the public from the most photographed train station in the world at Dunedin. If there are 2 ships in port then you have no option but to take the ship's tour. Doing it on your own will save you about 2/3rd the cost. NZ$99 versus US$230. Do check their website as listed above for exact timetables.
Dunedin's surroundings are equally renowned, boasting magnificent scenery and wildlife. Only a short distance away, the Otago Peninsula provides a breeding habitat for such rare birds as the royal albatross and yellow-eyed penguin. The biggest attraction is probably the albatross colony at Taiaroa Head. Nowhere else on the globe do these birds breed so close to human habitation. The colony can only be visited as part of a pre-arranged, guided tour.
The main street in Dunedin is George Street close to the Octagon with plenty of shops, restaurants, and some malls.
There is a New World supermarket on the main street in Port Chalmers close to port.
The New Zealand dollar is used in New Zealand. A few traders do accept foreign currency, particularly in tourist destinations. The conversion from US dollars to NZ dollars is approximate US$1=NZD1.30.
Automatic teller machines (ATMs), locally known as 'the hole in the wall', are available in just about every town.
English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language are the official languages of New Zealand. English is universal, and is written with Commonwealth ("British") spelling.
The emergency telephone number in New Zealand is 111.
Free Wifi is available at Port Chalmers Wharf and in the Octagon, Dunedin city center
On Christmas day, Easter Sunday and Anzac day morning (25th April) all but a few "essential businesses" must be closed.
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