Port Chalmers Yacht Club

How to find us

Port Chalmers is the deep-water port for the Otago region of New Zealand, and is located about half-way up the Otago Harbour on the western side. Our clubhouse is at Back Beach, but not many maps show the name.

Road Directions

Port Chalmers is some 13 km from Dunedin via state highway 88. If arriving from the north, turn off State Highway 1 at Waitati and come over the hill via Blueskin Road, which provides magnificent views of our sailing waters. Once in Port Chalmers, turn right at the north end of the main street, past the maritime museum (ex Post Office), and cross the railway lines by the historic Port Chalmers Hotel. Then along Beach Street past the woodchip pile and log storage area, around Observation Point until you come to the public carpark and launching ramp. The clubhouse is adjacent to the carpark, while the changing rooms and boat storage buildings are just across the road from the ramp. Rail traffic shares one lane of the road around Observation Point, so if they're shunting you may have to wait a few minutes. There are signs and lights to warn of shunting activity.

Directions from sea:

Use chart # NZ6612 Otago Harbour (anything else will be at too small a scale). Jetty at 45o 49.1' S; 170o 37.6' E.

Proceed up the marked shipping channel past the port installations at Port Chalmers, and when almost at the passage between the "halfway islands" turn to starboard, following the rock sea-wall past a South Cardinal beacon. The mooring area is shallow, but a 2m (LWS) channel runs adjacent to the reclaimed sea wall, in to the boat ramp and the club's finger-jetty.

For anchoring, better to stop at Careys Bay, between the shipping channel & the line of yacht moorings adjacent to Goldie Point. Berths may also be available on the fishermen's wharf administered by Port Otago.

Viewing the Racing

Racing in the shipping channel can be seen from the road to Aramoana, with the start for Landfall Tower races being on the roadside at the second small headland past the Careys Bay hotel (above the last boatshed in Careys Bay, and looking out past the mooring piles).

Races in Portobello Bay are best viewed from on the water, but there are several convenient elevated lookouts providing a good view for those with binoculars. The nearest is on top of Observation Point, a short walk up a track opposite the carpark.

There is also public foot access around the south end of Port Otago's warehousing area, the footpath starts right by the clubhouse door.