Quest Dunedin

333 Cumberland Street, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand
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Bus from the Cruise Ship Terminal to the Railway Station

by Rogr23

Having seen the very useful posting from Kakapo2 (20/10/08), we want to get from Port Chalmers (cruise ship, due in 8am) to the Railway Station for the 9 30am Taieri Gorge train on a Tuesday (16/12). Does the bus go close to the Station? Is it pratical at that time of day? Would we do better to try and get a taxi (approx cost) from the ship?
Many thanks

Re: Bus from the Cruise Ship Terminal to the Railway Station

by Kakapo2

I do not know how fast you can get off the cruise ship - but the bus which would give you enough time to get to the Railway Station for your train trip already leaves at 8.15am (Mon - Fri) at Port Chalmers. Arrival in Dunedin at 8.40am. The next bus would arrive at 9.25am - so you would not make it in time.

The bus stops close to the Railway Station, this is not a problem. For example, the Octagon which is mentioned in the timetable, is only 200 or 300 metres from the railway station. Countdown (supermarket) is even closer.

If you do not get on the 8.15am bus you have no other choice than take a taxi. Ah, no - normally there are shuttle buses from the cruise ship to the city. Please check this with the cruise company. However, I have the impression that this is not as speedy as you would need it. (I see the cruise ships arrive in Lyttelton, and it takes a while until the first shuttle buses start to run...)

The cost of a taxi comes to NZ$ 35 to 45.

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Re: Bus from the Cruise Ship Terminal to the Railway Station

by chelly9378

Thanks Kakapo2 for the useful info.

Hi Roger,

I think we are on the same ship (Celebrity Millenium Syd-NZ cruise) arriving Port Chalmers at 8am. Timing is also our problem (if we miss the 8:15am bus which is very likely) and I guess the only alternative is to catch a cab to make it to the Railway Station before 9:30am.

Re: Bus from the Cruise Ship Terminal to the Railway Station

by Steve51

check with think they either used to run the train down to Port Chalmers to cater for the cruise trade in summer, or they lay on buses to transfer people to and from the cruise ships

Re: Bus from the Cruise Ship Terminal to the Railway Station

by Kakapo2

There is no passenger train between Dunedin and Port Chalmers. They run shuttle buses, and you can use the regular (public) bus.

Travel Tips for Dunedin

Royal Albatross Center

by dragontml

The Royal Albatross, one of the largest seabirds, is a gliding phenomenon. It regularly circumnavigates the globe, sometimes aloft for days on end. Ranging effortlessly on the prevailing winds, it spends little more than a tenth of its long life on land.

Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula is unique, having the only mainland colony of albatross in the world and one which is within the bounds of a city. Visitors to Dunedin can travel easily along the scenic peninsula to see and learn about the albatross and the many other features of unique Taiaroa.

Glenfalloch Woodland Garden

by 80-bettyboo

Gaelic for "Hidden Glen", Glenfalloch is situated on the coastal overlooking the harbour.It has been done by Phillip Barling in 1917, Glenfalloch was bought by the Otago Peninsula Trust in 1968.
It offers a nice walks through native flora and fauna nestled beside the stunning Otago Harbour.
It has a a choice of three restaurants and now have the reputation of being Dunedin's leading wedding venue and preferred private
function centre.
A prefect place to spend the sunny day out. It opens everyday.

Blueskin Road: The unknown side of Otago Harbour

by Kakapo2

State Highway 1 - in this region called the Northern Motorway - is like the short edge of a triangle of fantastic but unknown landscape north-east of Dunedin. This triangle which is not mentioned in most tourist guides is like a peninsula opposite Otago Peninsula, and bordered by Blueskin Bay and the ocean in the north and Otago Harbour in the south.

Blueskin Bay is an inlet with rich birdlife which you see on the left side when travelling from the north, before the tiny township of Waitati. The trip is great from both directions but I prefer it from Dunedin. The area is hilly, with the 680m high Mt. Cargill - which offers spectacular views over Dunedin and the harbour - as the main elevation. Be aware that you can reach this summit only from Dunedin! You will find out that in winter the roads are icy and slippery, as it takes a long time on the southward side until the sun melts away ice and snow.

Take the road to Port Chalmers, and there turn left towards Long Beach and Waitati. This is the so called Blueskin Road. It leads you up the hills, and depending on the time you have you can explore all the no-exit roads and beaches from the summit road. Be it Heyward Point Rd to a little beach named Whareakeake, or from there down to Purakanui and Long Beach and the Mopoutahi Pa site, an old Maori settlement.

When the road goes downhill again it offers spectacular views over Blueskin Bay, especially in the morning when the sand reflects the sun at low tide. In Waitati a road leads to a remote picknick area at the outlet of the bay. If once in Waitati you can take SH1 back to Dunedin, or you drive back over the hills on Mt. Cargill Road (which, as I said, does not lead up to the summit!). But it passes at Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street (see: Sports tip).

This area also offers some nice tramping/hiking opportunities, like Bethunes Gully, The Organ Pipes, Buttars Pk and Mt. Cargill.

Descriptions will follow.

Yellow eyed penguins

by Josilver

Yellow eyed penguins are the rarest penguins in the world, but there are several colonies near Dundedin. The day I was there we saw 5 coming in form the beach and up the large sand hills to their nest. You can view them from the hide and some of them can come quite close, but they are reknowned for being very shy so you have to be very quiet. You can take a tour to see them with Nature Wonders and Citibus.

Pre Raphaelite Dream

by rozehill

The Pre Raephalite Exhibition is on in Dunedin's Public Art Gallery till 15 February 2004
We visitied this exquisite display and thoroughly enjoyed the display from the Tate Collection.
The 70 watercolours, oils, drawings and prints were unequaled. Intriguing stoires as well as the vibrant colours made these masterpieces an unforgettable experience for us to see.
The Pre Raephaelites rebelled against the socail conventions of that time and were inspired by artists like Dante Gabriel Rossetti.


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Address: 333 Cumberland Street, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand