Dunedin Railway Station is dunedin's most celebrated building, and is regarded as the most photographed in the country.
Dunedin Railway Station
Platform and Taieri Gorge Railways Train
Station Foyer - Booking and Ticketing Hall

Dunedin Railway Station

This building perhaps embodies Dunedin's wealthy inheritance. During the city's most prosperous years this railway station was the country's busiest, handling up to 100 trains each day.

Though there have been many debates about whether the building is actually beautiful or not, the overall effect is undeniably grandiose and the station is New Zealand’s most photographed building.

Construction began in 1903 and the station was officially opened in 1906. Dunedin's fourth railway station, it was designed in the fashionable, desirable and highly expensive Edwardian Baroque style. Unusually though, architect George Troup uses an experimental collaboration of Classical and Neo-Gothic imagery, which creates a grand and classically regimented structure, with an assorted and asymmetric countenance.

Troup displays such an unrestrained freedom of expression most prominently in the Italianate clock tower at one end and the Gothic spire at the other, as well as the use of Classical motifs to create upwards gestures reminiscent of Gothic architecture. The combination of over the top decoration and the intricate use of contrasting dark basalt and white Oamaru limestone earned its architect the nick-name "Gingerbread George".

The exceptional attention to detail is not limited to its exterior. The foyer and booking hall's elaborate ornamentation is bathed in a soft golden light that reinforces the wealth of the city of Dunedin at the time.

Today, a farmers market runs in Anzac Square just outside the station every Saturday morning, and daily sightseeing trains run from the station through the Taieri Gorge and up the Coast. Directly across the square from the station is Lower Stuart Street, which leads to the city's centre, The Octagon.


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Taieri Gorge Railway

Taieri Gorge Railway

Rail Tour - Dunedin - Starting from NZ $89.00 per adult

A highlight of your visit to Dunedin is a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway - one of the world's great train trips and one of Dunedin's top attractions. Departing daily from downtown Dunedin into the Taieri Gorge, this trip travels through some of New Zealand's most beautiful scenery which can not seen from the road! More...

The Seasider

The Seasider

Rail Tour - Dunedin - Starting from NZ $89.00 per adult

Run by the Taieri Gorge Railway, The Seasider train is Dunedin's scenic coastal tourist train operating from the historic Railway Station in Dunedin New Zealand. This tour runs on a section of railway which was considered the highlight of the trip between Christchurch and Invercargill and offers spectacular views over Otago Harbour and the wild Otago coastline. It is considered one of the "must-do" railway trips in New Zealand! More...

Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Day Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $179.00 per person

Explore the South Island’s gorgeous scenery on a full-day excursion from Dunedin. In the morning, travel aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway through stunning mountain landscapes en route to Pukerangi. Then return to Dunedin for an afternoon tour of the Otago Peninsula by minivan. Get personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide on this small-group tour limited to 19 people. More...

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Wildlife - Dunedin - Starting from $189.00 per person

See the highlights of Dunedin’s city center and Larnach Castle in the morning, then spend the afternoon immersed in the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula. Visit the nesting grounds of the rare and endangered yellow-eyed penguin and northern royal albatross as you explore the scenic coast along Taiaroa Head. Small-group tour with a maximum of 19 people allows for personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide.  More...

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing

Ports of Call Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $145.00 per person

When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a trip through the spectacular scenery surrounding the Taieri River on board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Travel through tunnels and over viaducts on this train-lover’s shore excursion, and then see Dunedin’s top sights before returning to the Dunedin port. More...


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