About Port Chalmers
After a three day crossing from Melbourne on the Bahia Negro, I landed on Feb 23 in the pretty harbor town of Port Chalmers, which is right next to Dunedin, the “Austin of New Zealand” as I was told by a friendly barista at a local coffee shop. (There are dozens of them, and they’re all pretty good. Dunedinistas like their caffeine.) Darren Atkinson, an affable Brit doing his PhD on post-conflict reconstruction political party development in post-communist Afghanistan at the University of Otago here, was kind enough to take me in via Couchsurfing. And it was a bromance made in heaven. His own experiences in Lebanon, Jordan, Afghanistan and Pakistan made he and I a great duo for the week that I spent with him. Also crashing with Darren were Louise G., her brother Paul and his girlfriend Chelsea.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Port Chalmers is from February to August and October
How To Reach
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265 Kms from Port Chalmers
Head To The Franz Josef Glacier For Two DaysWith its dynamic and thoroughly intriguing glacial environment, the Franz Josef Glacier is the ultimate natural experience. Legend has it that the tears of a certain 'Avalanche Girl' froze to form this giant of a glacier. Its hot pools, helicopter rides, hiking and climbing opportunities, have been delighting travellers since what seems like forever. Once here, you will feel like a character from Disney's 'Frozen'. Really.
299 Kms from Port Chalmers
Hop On To Two Fantastic Days In ChristchurchChristchurch is an artistic delight and a paradise for those who love green spaces. Although it is still working on convalescing from a natural disaster, it is still vibrant and pretty in its own ways. The traffic can sometimes drive you nuts but the locals are warm and cheerful and the many parks and galleries are always welcoming. The Garden City of the South Island is quite a glorious place to be in.
246 Kms from Port Chalmers
At the bottom of New Zealand’s south island, the Milford Sound stretches its vast forests and pristine springs from coast to coast. Milford is considered one of the Wonders of the Natural World. The water here is so pure and cold, we could store our Montheith’s beers inside it like a fridge…
169 Kms from Port Chalmers
Take one of the prettiest and most dramatic journeys in the country, over the Haast Pass through to Wanaka. En route visit Lake Matheson, otherwise known as ‘Mirror Lake’ where on a clear day it is possible to see the reflection of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook (3,754 mts/ 12,316 ft). Tonight you will stay in Wanaka, one of the most popular Kiwi vacation hot spots situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Overnight Wanaka.
201 Kms from Port Chalmers
Today take the drive to what can only be described as a spectacular look-out point. At 1000m above sea level one really does have a feeling of being at the top of the world here. Also en route will be a stop at the historic Church of the Good Shepherd, featured on all New Zealand postcards. You will arrive in Christchurch sometime in the late afternoon where you can take a city tour. Spots that will be marked on your map include: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, Christchurch Gondola, Re-Start Mall and New Regent Street. We will also recommend some great dining in the central city. Overnight Christchurch.