Dunedin Railway Station

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  • Historic station
  • Beautiful building
  • NZ's most photographed building
  • Older train displays
  • Iconic Dunedin attraction
  • Opened in 1906

If there's a symbol of Dunedin that can make the best claim to being internationally known, then the city's famous railway station would likely be it. Featured on postcards New Zealand-wide, it's a marvellous building that was constructed during the days of NZ's boom period. The station, which still functions for a limited number of tourist-oriented lines, is something akin to an active rail museum. Older models of trains are on display out the front, while various vintage ticket counters, arched stained-glass windows and finely-constructed wooden staircases round out the feeling of stepping back in time; all it's missing are the steam trains.

No expense was spared when building the terminal that was once the country's busiest, and to this day its intricate construction and decorative mosaic floors make for a great sight to behold. There's a reason why Dunedin Railway Station is often claimed to be New Zealand's most photographed piece of architecture – all it takes is a visit and a stroll in its presence to see why, and being just a short walk from the city centre, there's no reason to miss out.

What you need to know


  • Anzac Square, Dunedin

Train Rides

  • The Seasider
  • Taieri Gorge Railway
  • The Waitati Seasider
  • Southern Rail Tour
  • Shore Exursion

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