Dunedin is at the head of the bay, a green shaded city with slate and tin roofed houses, churches and glorious victorian buildings, with a high student population it is in the farthest reaches of New Zealand, where you can experience peace and tranquility that few cities in the area can match.
Dunedin has a proud history and was once one of the most populated cities in New Zealand, in the 12800's the discovery of gold in the Otago hinterland rivaled area's like California. The area soon become the financial hub of the country with man world head offices establishing businesses in the area.
To explore the area you should first start in the Octagon which links Princes and George streets in the heart of the city. It is flourished with tall leafy trees shading over historic buildings. The St Paul's church is well work taking a look at with its gothic revival pillars which was built in 1915. Next to this is the Municipal Chambers which were designed by a local architect by the name of Robert Lawson. This shadows the town hall which was once the largest in New Zealand. If you are in the city take a look at the I-site visitors centre which functions also as a conference center housed in the municipal chambers which is imposed by a clock tower and spire from the 1980's.
Dunedin's railway station is perhaps the finest stone structure to be found in the area it has a Flemish style and has three huge clock faces to showcase the style of the era. The main foyer is mosaic tiled with many central panels showing a small “puffing billy”. From here trains depart often along the Taieri River Gorge.
The first church is also another Robert Lawson design and is known as his best work in the city. It has a magnificent spire rising 54 meters high with a wooden ceiling and window above the pulpit which is well worth taking a glimpse of if time permits.
North of the octagon is the Otago university, Otago Polytechnic and the Dunedin College of Education. The Otago museum can also be found here on Great Kind Street with pacific island and Mauri artifacts. If you are tight for time this is one destination worth taking a look at along with Discovery World which appeals to families and children.
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