Port Otago Open Day

 

 

Monday 25 March 2019 10am - 3pm

 

Do you have a ticket to the Port Otago Open Day?

If you are a neighbour of the port, you should have received an invite and entry tickets. (If your family needs more tickets, give us a call on 472 7890).

Entry to the open day is by ticket only.

The Open Day celebrates the completion of our wharf extension and is our way of saying thanks for your patience and support during construction.

 

What's happening on the day?

Expect a festival vibe, with live music, food trucks, family activities and an opportunity for a good look around our working port.

Tour Options:

*You must wear closed-toed shoes to partake in any of the rides or tours on the day. Payment is cash only*

Port Tours - FREE 
Jump on a bus with one of our staff as tour guide. Departing every 10 minutes, these 30-minute tours will give you a good look around our working port.

Ship Tours - "Note" donation (i.e. $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100, if you want!)
Proceeds to the Port Chalmers Maritime Museum
LIMITED NUMBERS: 80 tickets will be available at 10am and another 70 tickets at midday.
Sign up on the day.

Rio Negro Website Image
Have you ever wanted to see on board a container ship. Maersk has kindly partnered with us for the day, so 150 people can take a look around its ship, the Rio Negro. The 30-minute tour will include visits to the bridge, engine room and deck.

Strict criteria applies:

  • You must be over 13 years of age, and
  • Be physically fit enough to walk up and down stairs
  • Sign a waiver

Tug Tours - FREE 
Pop on board the Tairoa, one of our three tugs for a look around.

Dredge Tours - FREE
Take a look around the New Era dredge and talk with the crew who man it.

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Crane Tours - "Note" donation (i.e. $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100, if you want!)
Proceeds to the Port Chalmers Maritime Museum
LIMITED NUMBERS: 50 tickets will be available at 10am and another 50 tickets at midday.

Sign up on the day. 

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 If you've always wanted a close-up look at our cranes and to see some spectacular views, the Open Day is your chance. One-hundred people will have the opportunity to go inside the crane control room.

Strict criteria applies:

  • You must be over 18 years old and have valid ID
  • Be physically fit enough to walk up and down stairs
  • Have no fear of heights
  • Sign a waiver

Tug Rides -  "Note" donation (i.e. $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100, if you want!)
Proceeds to the Port Chalmers Maritime Museum
LIMITED NUMBERS: 60 tickets will be available at 10am and another 60 tickets at midday.

Sign up on the day.

Tug Image for website reduced size

Climb aboard the Otago for a 10-minute tug ride around the harbour. Numbers are limited and strict criteria applies:

  • You must be over 13 years of age, and
  • Able to fit the life jacket provided
  • Sign a wavier

Please note: All rides and tours are subject to change on the day due to weather and operational constraints.

 

Competitions on the Day

Fishing Competition:

Remember the days when you could fish off the wharf at Port Chalmers, well here is your chance to do this once again. Free entry and great prizes to be won. Bring your fishing gear along, we will provide the bait. For more information email openday@portotago.co.nz or call 472 7890. Please note for safety reasons we will be using drop lines only.

Enter the draw to win

Everyone who attends the open day automatically goes into the draw to win one of two amazing prizes:

  • Tug ride for five aboard the Otago
  • A crane tour for two on a working crane day

 

What you need to bring

All visitors must wear closed-toe shoes. We suggest good walking shoes, then you can have a good wander around safely.

Bring a sun hat, a raincoat and warm jumper. As you well know, Port can get all seasons in one day. 

You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch and water or juice. No alcohol is allowed within the Port. Please note Port Otago is a smoke free area.

Strollers, wheelchairs and walking aids are all fine to bring along. Please note: we have some uneven surfaces, so do take care.

 

Transport

If you live in Port Chalmers, please walk if possible, as parking is limited. 

Buses

  • Port Chalmers - Buses will be available from the Port Chalmers Rugby Club, with parking available on the grounds. First bus departs Rugby Club at 9:45am
  • Dunedin - Buses will depart Fryatt Street (Wickliffe St end) every 30 minutes from 9:30am, last bus returning will depart Port Chalmers at 3:15pm

 

Maritime Security

While we have special dispensation from Maritime New Zealand to allow members of the public on our port, there are regulations we need to comply with. Specifically, checking you in and out of the port itself, and checking bags and people for any restricted items.

 

Want to know more? Email openday@portotago.co.nz or call 472 7890

 

Port Otago Limited (POL) has the right to refuse entry to any person or remove any person from the site at any time. No person may be present on POL property at any time who is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.