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Images of Dunedin – The Edinburgh Of The South

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.

Dunedin Fortune Theatre

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.

St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin

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!

The Octagon, Dunedin

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.

First Church of Otago in Dunedin, NZ

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 stunning Dunedin Railway Station

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.


  1. Posted January 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    My first Kiwi home – I love Dunners especially for its architecture and rich history and despite its hills and cold winter!
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    • Posted January 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

      Dunedin was a great place to start our NZ adventure! Although hate to think how cold it would be in winter, it was chilly enough in summer!

    • Charles
      Posted January 18, 2013 at 12:05 am | Permalink

      Great, but “Dunedin”, please. Not “Dunners”. It’s a city that does not deserve a denigrating nickname.

  2. Posted January 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I am a huge lover of architecture and can’t wait to visit to Dunedin to see it for myself!!
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  3. Posted January 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    After looking at these photos I totally wish that I had visited Dunedin! I’m a sucker for architecture, it all looks amazing.
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    • Posted January 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      You’re not the first person that has said that! We only flew into Dunedin because it was the cheapest and had the best flight times but are so glad that we did – one of our top places in NZ!

  4. Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Ah, Dunedin. It really surprised me with its pretty architecture, too!

    Though, after having just spent about a week in Edinburgh, I’m not sure Dunedin even comes close. 😉
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    • Posted January 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Haha yes the real Edinburgh is brilliant but Dunedin is definitely a hidden gem in NZ!

  5. Nico
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Some great photos. I have very fond memories of the city.

  6. Posted January 21, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    We got a really cloudy day on our visit here which was a shame – photpgraphy wise, yours show it off beautifully.

  7. Posted February 18, 2013 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Interesting place, I’ll have to visit 🙂

  8. Posted April 18, 2013 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    glad you enjoyed it too, we spent 8 nights there and many hours around the Octagon for the free WiFi, lol. I loved the views out to sea too!

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