Port Chalmers Seafood Festival
There are few operating ports in the world that are flanked by a Victorian streetscape. As I wandered down the main street of Port Chalmers, admiring the vintage buildings, I found myself salivating like Pavlov’s dog. The aroma of freshly caught and cooked seafood was mixing with the salty mechanical smells of the port, announcing that the inaugural seafood festival was well underway.

A busking violinist with a dancing cat, and Kaitrin McMullan the storytelling puppeteer met the crowds as they headed for the main wharf. I wasn’t quite late, but people had already steamed in on the Monarch and the Vivian J, or arrived by train thanks to the Taieri Gorge Railway.