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Port Chalmers is a charmer

DEBRA FALLOWFIELD
Last updated 09:46 21/07/2014
Port Chalmers-totally charming!
PORT WITH A VIEW: The view from Back Beach walk shows Port Chalmers' gorgeous bays and native bush.

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We moved down to Dunedin, from Christchurch, last December having absolutely fallen in love with the quaint Portside town of Port Chalmers.

Close enough to Dunedin city - a mere 10-minute drive - yet far enough away to feel like another world!

Port Chalmers is famous for being Ralph Hotere's home, and having a very large port that operates 24/7.

Stats will show that Port Chalmers has probably more artists, musos and writers per square metre than anywhere else in NZ.

Ok, perhaps I am biased since I am one, but most people you meet seem to be artists down here, or musicians. My neighbour is James Robinson, a previous Wallace Award winner no less!

We have gorgeous Bays, native bush and birdsong and easy walks.

Great bands play every weekend at Chicks Hotel, where so many well-known bands started out.

It's such a vibrant community, yet with so much respect for its history - think shipwrecks, ghosts, and even pirates. 

With fabulous cafes, incredible retro shopping and soon-to-be contemporary jewellery gallery, this place mixes the new with the old. Even when it's cold here it is still a kinetically beautiful energising place.

I feel like we stumbled on a secret... I'm not even sure I should be sharing.

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