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    Train Station

    by shavy Written Aug 6, 2013

    One of the nice things about Dunedin is that there is a lot to see in a very small area. In the center there are many impressive buildings, such as this train station which has a awesome building...We arrived here late and it start to get dark, we have no enough photos around the city

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    Steepest Street

    by shavy Written Aug 6, 2013
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    In a suburb of Dunedin is Baldwin Street. This famous street is the most-steepest street in the world with a gradient of up to 35 percent. An architect from London drew the street-plan in the nineteenth- century without ever having been in Dunedin. The impossible slope of Baldwin Street is actually an accident

    Is incredibly hilly I can't hardly reach the top by walking, look to all the residents vehicle park outside...I say to myself, make sure you have a very good handbrake

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    Railway Station

    by TexasDave Written Feb 18, 2013
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    In its early days, the station was the country's busiest, handling up to 100 trains a day. This station was constructed in 1903-04 and features Flemish Renaissance architecture and is a real gem! The main entrance has almost 750,000 Minton tiles with several railroad themed mosaics scattered around. There are 2 stained glass windows featuring trains as well a frieze of Royal Doulton porcelain all around the main room.

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    Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

    by TexasDave Written Feb 18, 2013
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    This is New Zealand's oldest and most extensive history museum and was recently updated and added to in 2011 and 2012. It currently occupies 3 different adjacent buildings, including the New Zealand Railways Bus Station, designed in 1939, which is Dunedin's more notable examples of art deco architecture.
    The path through the museum takes you in chronological order, starting with the arrival of the first Maori up to the present day, with exhibits that include fully interactive computer displays.
    One room is dedicated to genealogy, all 4 of its walls are covered with portraits of the first settlers.
    Entrance is free.

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    The Octagon

    by TexasDave Written Feb 18, 2013
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    Most cities have a main square. Charles Kettle, the city planner,in 1846, decided this city was going to have an eight-sided park in the center of the town. Presently it is a very pleasant area to explore and enjoy. Many city bus routes pass through here. On the west side there is a statue of the poet Robert Burns, the uncle of one of the city's founding fathers, placed there in 1887, in front of the Anglican Cathedral.
    There are a few nice cafes on and around the area of the octagon , as well as the Dunedin Museum of Art.

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    World's Steepest Street

    by TexasDave Written Feb 18, 2013
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    At a grade of 35%, it is considered the steepest street.
    The pictures don't convey 5h3 incline very well. As you drive up you sort of feel that if you lean back the car just might flip backward!
    Unfortunately at the top the street is a dead end so you have to delicately make a U Turn and just head back down, hoping your brakes are at their best!

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    Dunedin Botanic Garden

    by TexasDave Written Feb 18, 2013
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    New Zealand's oldest, established in 1863, so obviously there are many mature trees. It also has a nice rose garden, and a good sized hot house with tropical and desert plants.
    Not overly huge but makes for a nice stroll.
    Entrance is free.

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    Moeraki Boulders

    by al2401 Updated Jul 15, 2012
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    These large, spherical boulders can be found on a stretch of Koekohe Beach, between Moeraki and Hampden. You will find them in clusters or standing alone. The stretch of beach where they stand has been named a scientific reserve.

    The boulders have been formed near the surface of the seafloor during the Paleocene era. They have been created by the cementation of mudstone and the larger boulders of 2 metres in diameter have taken almost 5 million years to grow.

    Coastal erosion has exposed the boulders.

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    The Glass House - Dunedin Botanic Gardens

    by al2401 Written Jul 15, 2012
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    The Edwardian glass house contains the Winter Garden. There are three wings housing plants from tropical, desert and sub-tropical regions. It was built in 1908 with additions in 1912. the 1960's saw structural modernisations and the 1990's renovations and additions.

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    Botanic Gardens

    by al2401 Written Jul 14, 2012
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    The Dunedin Botanic Gardens are the oldest in New Zealand and were established in 1863 where the University of Otago now stands. They were moved to their present site in 1896 after extensive flooding. They were enlarged in the early 1900's

    The gardens spread over two levels - the lower level features a Edwardian Glass House, a rose garden, a duck pond and a band stand. There is also a Japanese garden commemorating Dunedin's sister city - Otaru. There is a cafe and visitors' centre and in teh coutyard is a statue from the story of Peter Pan.

    The upper garden is split by a public road along the sides of which are bush walks.

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    The Octagon

    by al2401 Updated Jul 14, 2012
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    The Octagon is an eight sided plaza in the centre of Dunedin. The main road passes through it and changes its name from Princes Street to George street at its centre. The cross street, Stuart Street is divided by the central plaza.

    The centre, except where the street passes is a grassed pedestrian area. Above this is a grassed, terraced area and below is paved. The focal point of the upper Octagon is the statue of Robert Burns which in turn is surrounded by the Municipal Chambers, St Pauls Anglican Cathedral and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

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    Historic Buildings

    by al2401 Updated Jul 14, 2012
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    Dunedin is the home to many historic buildings. Vitorian architect R A Lawson designed many of them including the Municipal Chambers, First Church, Knox Church, Otago Boys High School and Larnach Castle. Many have been listed with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as worthy of permanent protection because of their architectural and/or historical significance.

    The buildings pictured are all listed with this trust.

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    Churches of Dunedin

    by al2401 Updated Jul 14, 2012
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    The First Presbyterian Church or First Church is built in the traditional Gothic style of church architecture. It was designed by R A Lawson to take position on Bell Hill. The hill had first to be lowered by 12 metres which meant that the church was actually the third church to be constructed opening in 1873. It is located in Moray Place.

    Knox Church, again in 13th Century Gothic style was also designed by R A Lawson. Contruction began in 1872. It is to be found on the outskirts of the CDB in George street.

    St Pauls Anglican Cathedral was built in Oamaru stone between 1915 and 1919 and was designed by Edmund Sedding. It is located on the Octagon

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    Robbie Burns

    by al2401 Updated Jul 14, 2012
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    Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) or Robbie Burns was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is probably best known for his song Auld Lang Syne. His connection with Dunedin is through his nephew Thomas Burns, one of the city's founders.

    In 1958 the University of Otago established the Robert Burns Fellowship considered to be New Zealand's top literacy residency. It is awarded to an exceptional writer in any of the fields of literature and provides a year's salary as wel as accommodation and an office for the winner.

    There is a statue of Robert Burns on the upper level of the Octagon and it bears a plaque commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the fellowship. The statue by Sir John Steell was unveiled on 24th May 1887 by a grand niece of Robert.

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    The Otago Peninsula

    by al2401 Updated Jul 14, 2012
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    The Otago Peninsula is a long, narrow, hilly strip of land the juts out into the Pacific Ocean. Between it and the mainland is Otago Harbour and Dunedin sits at the head of the harbour.

    The peninsula and the seas surrounding it are home to an abundance of wildlife including the Royal Albatross and the rare Yellow Eyed Penguin as well as seals and Blue penguins. It is the location for Larnach Castle, Glenfalloch Gardens and the Marine Studies Centre Aquarium.

    Otherwise the peninsula is sparsely populated mostly steep open pasture used for sheep and cattle. Several townships lie along the harbour shore.

    Spectacular views can be had from the high points.

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