Please Note: Event numbers relate to Programme Events, Exhibitions and Activities on the accompanying maps

Events Programme

Saturday 21 October

1.15 - 1.45pm

A free concert at beautiful historic Iona Church in Port Chalmers, by Lois Johnston (soprano) and David Burchell (organ). Featuring music by Handel, Bizet and Widor.

Pop in on the way to the Lions' Garden Fete at the Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell!

 

Port Chalmers Heritage Pub Tours

2pm & 4pm. Approx 1.5 hrs

Find out about 4 hotels built 1880s, local characters and events. (Buy your own refreshments).

Meet outside Shed A, Port Otago. $10 per person

2:15pm - 3pm

Local poets celebrate the people and place of Port Chalmers.

Rolfe Room, Port Chalmers Library.

FREE

 

Saturday 21 October
2.30pm and 4pm

The Film Heritage Trust, in partnership with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, brings you a special one-hour selection of historical movie extracts from the 1930s onwards, from around Otago Harbour.

Location: Pioneer Hall, 45 George Street, Port Chalmers.

Reservations optional. Tickets are free and available online or from Heritage New Zealand, Queens Building, 109 Princes Street, Dunedin.

For further information please contact Heritage New Zealand on (03) 4779871

Donation on entry appreciated.

Sea Ghost Walk 

8pm

A Spooky jaunt around the streets and graveyards of this historic seaport town. $35 per person


Book via www.hairraisertours.com or ph. 0800 428 683

Sunday 15 and 22 October
12 - 4pm

Historical Museum displaying how life used to be on the Taieri. Historic buildings, costumes, tools, equipment, photos and gadgets from times past

George King Memorial Drive.
Adult $2, Child $1.

Sunday 22nd October

9.30am

A memorial wreath laying ceremony to honour lives lost in the First World War 1914 – 18. 

54 Magnet St, Otago Boat Harbour Reserve.

Sunday 22 October


Dunedin’s torpedo boat ‘Taiaroa’ was shipped from England in 1884. This early design was a failure.

Information board at Deborah Bay, beside the old wharf remains.

Sunday 22 October

11am and 2pm

The Film Heritage Trust, in partnership with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, brings you a special one-hour selection of historical movie extracts from the 1930s onwards, from around Otago Harbour.

Location: The Married Quarters, Quarantine Island

Tickets are available through Quarantine Island. Entry charge included within the ferry ticket price. $20 per person.

Sunday 22 October

11am - 1pm

Join the NZ Marine Studies Centre and discover the amazing marine animals and plants that live in the intertidal zone, and participate in a long-term monitoring programme looking at change on the rocky shores of Otago Harbour. Discussion of how and why the harbour has changed over time will be part of the session.

Deborah Bay, Port Chalmers (park by orange flag just past Carey’s Bay).

See website for more details. 

FREE

 

 

 

 

Saturday 20 - Monday 23 October

Over Labour weekend a large number of historic photos and artworks featuring the Careys Bay, the hotel and the surrounding harbour will be displayed in the Careys Bay Hotel lounge for the Heritage Festival.

Jean Pak, Careys Bay Hotel Head chef has created a special sharing platter available for purchase show-casing a taste of the food that would have been eaten around the harbour in the late 1800s. We have called it “The Chophouse Platter” in honour of Henry Dench whose first venture in Port Chalmers was the “New Jerusalem Coffee and Chop House” on the corner of George and Mount St.

Since 1874, Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel has been a handsome feature of the Otago Harbour. Port Chalmers Mayor, Henry Dench, built the hotel, perched on the banks of Carey’s Bay with gold field money. This truly Victorian Hotel and the oldest hotel building in the area was designed by renowned Dunedin architect Mr David Ross. Constructed of locally quarried Port Chalmers bluestone, the hotel’s first name was "The Crescent Family Hotel". 

Originally called Mansford Town after early settler William Henning Mansford, Carey’s Bay eventually acquired its name from early English settlers David and Hannah Carey who arrived in Dunedin on "The Magnet" in 1840.

For more information about the past and present of Careys Bay Hotel check out our website.

 

Sunday 22 October

Run, walk and explore the historic Peninsula. Test yourself with the 18km Castlewood Caper, race your mates on the 12km Braidwood Bolt or Stroll the Highcliff Hustle.

$65 includes meal and bus to start of race.

More information and booking at 2017headforthehills.eventdesq.com.

Monday 23 October
10am – 12pm

Join us for Josephine the locomotive’s 145th birthday celebrations.
Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.

FREE

 

Image: John Agnew

Monday 23 October
1pm and 3pm

Sorry, this event is now fully booked. If you missed out, why not pick up a free map and follow the trail in your own time? Maps available from Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Public Libraries, i-Site and Heritage NZ.
 
For those who have booked, meet at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.

Monday 23 October

2pm and 7pm


The Film Heritage Trust, in partnership with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, brings you a special one-hour selection of historical movie extracts from the 1930s onwards, from around Otago Harbour.

Location: Otago Royal New Zealand Volunteer Reserve Hall (HMNZS Toroa), 211 St Andrew Street, Dunedin.

Reservations optional. Tickets are free and available online or from Heritage New Zealand, Queens Building, 109 Princes St.

For further information please contact Heritage New Zealand on (03) 4779871.

Donation on entry appreciated.

Saturday 28th October

7pm - 10pm

$40 adult, $20 child. The ticket price covers the boat, band and a donation to the historic Married Quarters restoration project. Limited Tickets.

Please book through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Give your preferred departure point - Back Beach, Port Chalmers or Portobello, and a contact number. You will receive a confirmation email with payment details. If you'd like to stay overnight, returning on Sunday about midday, book yourself a place in the Lodge also.

For more information please see the Quaratine Island website.

 

Friday 13 - 20 October
Weekdays 9.30am - 5pm, Saturday 14 October 10am - 2pm.

Charts and plans of the early harbour: reclamation, railways, buildings.

See a preview of the exhibition on Flckr.

Archives New Zealand, Dunedin Regional Office, 556 George Street.

FREE

 

 

Friday 13 to Saturday 31 October
9:30am - 8pm weekdays, 11am - 4pm weekends.

An exhibition of maps showing development on the harbour's edge over time, with particular emphasis on reclamations.

3rd Floor, Dunedin City Library.

FREE

 

 

 

Friday 13 to Monday 23 October
10am - 4pm daily except Sundays

Visit the First Church Heritage Centre, or take part in a tour of the First Church. Tours conducted daily at 2pm, except Sundays.

First Church, 415 Moray Place, Dunedin.

FREE

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