Port Otago Limited is located on the Otago Harbour, on the lower east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Otago Harbour is world-renowned for its physical beauty and is regarded as the eco-tourism capital of New Zealand because of its abundant sea and bird life.
Port Otago operates two wharf systems - Port Chalmers and Dunedin - within Otago Harbour.
Port Otago is the primary export port for the South Island region of New Zealand and believes strong competition offers real benefits to shipping lines and cargo owners. Port Otago ensures this strong competition by delivering superior customer service in all aspects of its activities through a can-do attitude and hard work. Our people are committed to delivering the highest standards of port services at all times.
Read about the History of Port Otago.
Proximity to major export production in the lower South Island, and the strategic location of the Harbour for vessel rotation to and from deep-sea destinations makes Port Otago a key link in the international supply chain. Continued emphasis on optimising the supply chain makes the availability of a modern, multi-modal port in Otago essential to the economic wellbeing of southern New Zealand.
Containerisation and the emergence of Dunedin as the regional centre for major export industries based on meat, dairy and forestry production enables the Port to act as the southern gateway for the key primary industries that still drive New Zealand's international trade.
In addition to meat, dairy and forestry, Port Otago handles significant exports of fish, apples, and other agriculturally based products. There is also a growing demand for processed timber produced from the fast growing, sustainable pinus radiata plantations in Port Otago's catchment.
Dunedin, the largest city in Port Otago's catchment, has a population of 127,000 and is a major manufacturing, research, education and tourism hub for New Zealand. Importantly, it has the comprehensive infrastructure that helps to create successful ports. The emergence of Dunedin as a regional export centre relies on the area's sophisticated road and rail network and the well-developed warehouse and cool storage sector located there.
This ability to offer a complete package to exporters and importers enhances supply chain efficiency.