New Zealand

Port Chalmers

With an unexpectedly vibrant arts scene, this little port town played a big part in New Zealand’s history.

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In the late-19th and early-20th centuries Port Chalmers was perhaps the most important harbor in New Zealand; the ship that started the country’s still-booming meat export trade, and several Antarctic expeditions set out from here. Captain Scott, who left for the Antarctic in 1901 and 1910 has a memorial on the hill overlooking the town, which also offers great views of the harbour’s comings and goings. The original 1877 post office now houses the Regional Maritime Museum where you can learn more about early pioneers and the important people who have lived here. The town itself has been experiencing a revival and has been transformed into a burgeoning artists’ colony, with a slew of intriguing galleries, and hip cafes and shops dotting the harbourside. Port Chalmers is also one of only two places in the world where you can fish for salmon directly from the city wharf (they run from October to April)!

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CountryNew Zealand
Local time12:17 PM GMT+13
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