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Events Programme

Sunday 15 October, 3.30pm - 5pm
Sunday 22 October, 10am - 4pm

Greggs, established 1861, is one of New Zealand’s oldest food companies. Have a wander around its historic 1925 factory building.

51 Forth St, North Dunedin, Dunedin.


Also open Wednesday 18 October, 10am - 4pm.

Saturday 21, Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd October
12 - 3pm
Take the train, or drive to Middlemarch to visit our museum. We are highlighting an Otago Harbour relic: the Platypus submarine. Designed for extracting gold from the Clutha River, the Platypus rested for fifty years at the Dunedin wharf, before being sold for 10 pounds and sent to Barewood. Learn more about its fascinating story at the Museum.

5 Aberafon Street, Middlemarch.

$2 adults, children free.
Contact Jo on 022 0920262.

Saturday 21 October
9am - 2pm

Viewing of JA1274, the last steam locomotive built in New Zealand.

Glass enclosure between Toitū Otago Settlers Museum and the Dunedin Railway Station.

Entry donations appreciated.

Saturday 21st October

All Day (from 8:00am)
Join the club's 125th Anniversary Celebrations at the Open Day! Have a go at rowing!

Official Season Opening at 12noon.

Visit the club at 54 Magnet St, Otago Boat Harbour Reserve.

(Return on Sunday for the Memorial Wreath Laying at 9:30)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday 9.30am – 8.00pm, Saturday 11.00am – 2.00pm.

Port Chalmers Library is a heritage listed building on Beach Street. It has a collection of New Zealand art on permanent display, including works by Ralph Hotere, James Robinson, Joanna Margaret Paul and David Elliot.

20 Beach Street, Port Chalmers.

Dunedin Railway Station to Port Chalmers wharf and return with historical commentary

Saturday 21 October

Take the train to Port Chalmers and enter into the spirit of this historic seaport. Dress up as a pirate or in any other costume and enjoy activities, talks, guided walks, displays, performances, dancing, poetry, exhibitions and much more.

Train times:

Depart Dunedin Arrive Port Chalmers Depart Port Chalmers Arrive Dunedin
10.00am 10.30am 10.45am 11.15am
11.45am* 12.15pm* 12.30pm* 1.00pm
1.30pm 2.00pm 2.15pm 2.45pm
3.15pm 3.45pm 4.00pm 4.30pm


Note* - the 11.45am trip will go to Church Street - above Port Chalmers.

Phone us now on 03 477 4449 or come in and see us to make your booking.

Tickets available through Dunedin Railways, please call 03 477 4449 or drop by the Dunedin Railway Station to make a booking.


Saturday 21 October
9am - 3pm

Explore Otago Harbour with IPENZ Engineering Heritage experts: the harbour channel from Aramoana to Dunedin, structures, vessels, Otago Harbour Board and Port Otago developments 1874 to 2016. Bring or buy lunch in Port Chalmers.

Otago Heritage Bus departs from the Station at 9am, near JA1274 locomotive.
$10 adult, $20 family (4 persons), online bookings recommended.

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 October,

‘Last Port to Antarctica’, ‘Tale of a Seaport’ and ‘Early Harbour Ferry Models’.

Port Chalmers Museum, Beach Street, Port Chalmers


Duration of festival.

 An easy drive along the Dunedin to Port Chalmers Road and on to Aramoana and the Mole.

Pick up a route map and heritage information brochure from Toitü Otago Settlers Museum.



Saturday 21 October
10am - 2pm

An opportunity to visit Port Otago’s cruise facility and Beach Street Wharf. See port activity close-up, listen to talks about the challenges of piloting large ships into port and go on board one of the tugs.

Entry via Port Otago’s cruise facility, Beach St, Port Chalmers.


Saturday 21 October

10:30am - 4pm

Hop on board to look at the restored harbour ferry moored at Back Beach.

Entry by donation.

Saturday 21 October
10:30am - 4pm

Visit the Port Chalmers Hotel, known as the Tunnel Hotel. The original establishment was built before the Scottish early settlers arrived. Enjoy the fascinating history and memorabilia with Licensee Fred Morgan. 

22 Beach St, Port Chalmers


Exhibitions at Port Chalmers Town Hall, Grey St, and Library, Beach St

10:30am - 4pm

See the Town Hall photo display and the Library’s amazing art collection, which includes works by Ralph Hotere and David Elliot. FREE

Combined Scottish Clans Events

10:30am - 2pm:

Town Hall: Enjoy Scottish music and dancing: bag pipes, Celtic harp, Highland dancing.

Rolfe Room, Port Chalmers Library: Hear the “Story of a Seafaring Bard Angus Cameron Robertson” from Skye, also Clans’ displays and a cup of tea.


Saturday 21 October
11am - 3pm

Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell, Church Street, Port Chalmers.
Arts and crafts, plans and produce. Rhododendrons for sale, $15 each. Lions' lilies $5 each.
A special display of heritage photos of Port Chalmers and its people. Live music and Lions BBQ operating.
12.30: Fancy Dress Parade and prize giving.
1pm: "From Rocks to Rhododendrons”, a brief history of the old quarry which is now the Lady Thorn Rhododendron dell.
View the rhododendrons at their best in the tranquil setting of the Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell.
Special Silver Fern Railcar departs Dunedin at 11.45 am for Lady Thorn Dell. Return tickets are available from Dunedin Railway office.
Regular shuttles up the hill from Tuckets corner.



Saturday 21 October
11am - 2pm

Find out about the history of your house using land ownership records dating back to the 1860s with DCC archivists.
Port Chalmers Library.



Harbour Hulks Walking Tour

Careys Bay, 11am. Approx 1.5 hrs

Discover the remnants of several sailing vessels dating from the 1830s, revealed at low tide between Careys Bay and Deborah Bay.

Meet at Careys Bay. $5 adults. Children FREE

Saturday 21 October
11:30am - 12:15pm

Swing Riot will knock your socks off with a  fun and friendly dance class suitable for all.

Port Chalmers Town Hall.




Saturday 21 October
12:30pm - 1:15pm

Fashion parade and display with Dunedin’s Images of the Past.

Port Chalmers Library.




Saturday 21 October
1.15 - 2pm and 3pm - 3.45pm

Lewis Carroll’s famous poem brought to life by the talented young actors of Suitcase Theatre. Suitable for all ages.

Port Chalmers Library.



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