The Port Chalmers Seafood Festival , set at the Port of Otago, is iconic for showing off local seafood cuisine and the seaside town which welcomes over 90 cruise ships every summer, and was the birthplace of New Zealand’s export meat trade. 

2017 Festival 

Run by Locals for the community

The Festival is completely run by local volunteers who have worked together to create a professional festival that is fun for the whole family. Its roots are in the community it serves and in 2015 the festival returned over $20,000 to West Harbour and wider Dunedin community groups. If you would like to be a volunteer for 2017 check out our Volunteer Form

It’s all here with over 40 stalls ...

Legendary Southern Clams, crayfish, fresh fish, New Zealand Green Lipped mussels, Whitebait, craft beer, Central Otago wine, fish touch tanks, kids games and story time, live local music, cooking demonstrations, free buses… the list could go on! It’s all here with over 40 stalls and set right here in Port Chalmers!

 The NEW & Improved Venue!

Port Otago is the heart and soul of Port Chalmers industry, and they’re kind enough to donate the use of their new cruise ship terminal which gives us over TWO TIMES more covered space, so no matter the weather there will be plenty of shelter (even if the Kraken comes knocking).  

Where to stay?          Accommodation over the festival

Some of our major sponsors has been doing some pretty cool stuff for the environment and in the community

fl.svg Fiordland Lobster Company takes great pride in the breathtaking environment in which we operate. Since starting out 30 years ago we’ve adopted a conservation focus, maintaining fish stock and marine ecosystems. These measures cultivate a balanced environment and in turn, benefit our business.


read more about The Fiordland Lobster Company

Southern Clams is a thriving New Zealand seafood fishery that harvests in Otago coastal waters. Southern Clams has carved out niche markets in Europe, North America and Asia and supplies the New Zealand market. This is page outlines just a few of the great things that Southern Clams is doing , fo...

read more about Southern Clams 

 Headline Act - The Amazing Hollie Smith




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 Port Chalmers Seafood Festvial Instagram




Tickets on sale Now at          Buy Tickets 
or from
Harbour Fish 78 Great King Street
Tickets Include: 
Entry, activities, return buses to the festival from the railway station.
Stall food prices $3-$15

Door Sales Until Capacity
(Ticket required for the bus from town to festival)
  get in now tickets selling fast !

Festival Trains selling out, still plenty of buses
with only one day to go:
see Facebook for updatesMore Info:Transport


David Elliot will be at the festival as part of the Children's entertainment schedule.

David Elliot is a multiple award-winning children’s illustrator and author.
He has written and illustrated sevral picture books, including the ‘Sydney penguin’ books and Pigtails the Pirate (winner of the 2003 NZ Post Children’s Picture Book Award).

Read more: Meet David Elliot

Be Part of a Bob Scott Artwork

Bob Scott has created some wonderful interactive artwork especially for the seafood festival. You may know Bob from rock bands The Clean and The Bats and for his great cover art on some pretty amazing NZ music albums. We are hoping that kids young and old will enjoy getting their photos taken with the Photo cutout boards that he has created. 

... more info: Bob Scott


The Port Chalmers Seafood festival 2017  just couldn’t happen without these legendary supporters and sponsors.......