Port Chalmers, New Zealand

2018 HAL World Cruise

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

We awoke this morning in Port Chalmers, New Zealand.  This is on the east side of the South Island and about ¾ of the way to the tip of New Zealand.  It was 50 degrees!!!!!

We were docked next to the Norwegian Jewel and we watched her passengers disembarking in parkas.  Don’t know her itinerary but the passengers were equipped for Antarctica!  We were not.  So, after putting together several layers of clothing topped with a hooded windbreaker, we set off for our drive through Port Chalmers and ultimate destination of Dunedin.

Scottish settlers arrived in the area in 1848.  They founded Dunedin in the spirit of Edinburgh.  The city’s original surveyor, Charles Kettle, gave instructions for builders to reproduce characteristics of the much-admired New Town precinct of Edinburgh.  The Scottish influence generated a reverence for fine churches and an unbridled passion for education.  The University of Otago was the first in New Zealand.

Dunedin is often referred to as the eco-capital of New Zealand.  The Otago Peninsula is home to a rare colony of yellow eyed penguins.  It is also the only mainland breeding ground of the Royal Albatross.  And its rugged coastline is frequented by rare New Zealand Hooker sea lions.  We didn’t see any of them until sailing out of port!  During dinner!  No camera available!  Maybe there will be a next time, sometime.

On the dock in Port Chalmers
On the dock in Port Chalmers
Norwegian Jewel at Port Chalmers
Norwegian Jewel at Port Chalmers
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That was a pretty steep ramp we came down. Folks with walkers had a sporty time of it!
Port Chalmers Town Hall
Port Chalmers Town Hall
Shops in Port Chalmers seemed to be closed for Waitangi Day.
Shops in Port Chalmers seemed to be closed for Waitangi Day.
Emerson's Brewery
Emerson’s Brewery
This looks just like a typical British row of homes!
This looks just like a typical British row of homes!
Otago Harbour
Otago Harbour
The Boyd Channel from Otago Harbour to Dunedin.
The Boyd Channel from Otago Harbour to Dunedin.
Statue of Robert Burns in the Octagon at Dunedin.
Statue of Robert Burns in the Octagon at Dunedin.
Market Day in the Octagon.
Market Day in the Octagon.
A street view of Dunedin.
A street view of Dunedin.
View of St. Paul's Cathedral.
View of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The Otago Daily Times Building
The Otago Daily Times Building
The Cadbury Chocolate Factory is next to the newspaper building.
The Cadbury Chocolate Factory is next to the newspaper building.
Dunedin High and District Courts
Dunedin High and District Courts
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Dunedin High and District Courts detail above front door. In New Zealand, Justice is not blind!
A bagpiper playing in front of the train station.
A bagpiper playing in front of the train station.
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The Dunedin Train Station, home of the Taieri Gorge Train tours which actually start and finish in Port Chalmers.

For now, we will spend a day cruising thru the fjords of Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO site at the southwest tip of South Island) and then another couple of sea days on our way to Sydney, Australia.  More later!

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