Dunedin was our first stop in New Zealand and as we went on our customary stroll around the city to get our bearings, we were soon in awe of the city’s architecture – something that doesn’t happen too often! Known as the “Edinburgh of the South”, Dunedin is home to some stunning heritage buildings and although we took as many photos as we could, there were plenty of pretty buildings that we didn’t get a chance to see.
The Octagon is the city center of Dunedin and the place where you want to start if you’re visiting the second-largest city on New Zealand’s South Island.
Formerly the Trinity Methodist Church, the home of the Fortune Theatre is a beautiful example of Gothic Revival architecture. Located in the heart of Dunedin, this was one of the first buildings that caught our attention as we wandered around The Octagon.
A stone’s throw away from the Fortune Theatre was St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, another grand Gothic Revival church within The Octagon. We had to wait around a while to get this shot but are glad that we did!
A grassed and terraced area makes up the upper half of The Octagon with Edwardian-styled streetlights giving an antiqued look to the city. At the top of the terrace is a statue of Robert Burns, a Scottish poet whose nephew Thomas Burns was one of the founders of Dunedin.
The most imposing building we saw in Dunedin was the First Church of Otago, opened in 1873 after six years of construction. The stand-out of the First Church is the mammoth 60-metre tall spire which serves as a bell tower.
The Dunedin Railway Station is the most photographed building in New Zealand and the second most photographed building in the southern hemisphere behind the Sydney Opera House. It’s easy to see why! Opened in 1906, this expensive Edwardian Baroque style building is one of the finest in all of New Zealand and is as gorgeous on the inside as it is out.