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Taieri Gorge Railway (Dunedin Train Station)

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Published April 29th 2016
The grandest Gingerbread House you will ever see
Besides this spectacular railway being considered one of the world's greatest train trips, the Taieri Gorge Railway is one of Dunedin's top attractions and travels!

Spectacular views from one of the train journeys...

In the early 1900's, Dunedin was the commercial centre of New Zealand and it was only fitting that this spectacular railway was opened in 1906 and today the station remains and it has been fully restored to its former glory.

Can you see the 'Gingerbread House' resemblance?

If you are an architecture buff, you will no doubt enjoy admiring the ornate Flemish Renaissance-style architecture that includes features of white Oamaru limestone facings on black basalt rock, with delicate ornamentation of the ceilings and an atmosphere of luxury and elegance.

The Tower...

The architect George Troup used experimental collaboration structure, with an assorted and asymmetric countenance of fashionable, desirable and highly expensive Edwardian Baroque style and Flemish Renaissance-style.

The tile details are incredible...

The rich embellishments of the station earned Mr. Troup the nickname of Gingerbread George and the nickname of Taieri Gorge Railway of the Gingerbread House due to it resembling one!

The platform...

There is also a booking hall, which features a mosaic floor of almost 750,000 tiles of Royal Doulton porcelain and a one kilometre main platform which is the country's longest.

There is certainly no shortage of detail...

The attention to detail is not only seen on the exterior. It is also present in the foyer and booking hall's elaborate ornamentation that is bathed in soft golden light that reinforces the wealth of the city of Dunedin at that time.

The architecture is stunning...

Besides admiring this piece of architecture, in one of the most picturesque towns in New Zealand, a journey from Taieri Gorge Railway is also something not to miss out on! Some of the most beautiful scenery, which cannot be seen by road, can be found on the train journeys. This includes sightseeing stops, outside viewing platforms, cafe, commentary and half-day all-weather experience... this is definitely something to experience!

Another breathtaking view from one of the train journeys...

If you are visiting or passing by, be sure to stop and admire this man-made beauty and maybe take a train journey that is considered to be one of the most breathtaking in the world!

For all information on train journeys, see website.

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Why? Take a journey like no other or/and admire fascinating architecture
When: See website for all details
Where: Dunedin Railway Station (Taieri Gorge Railway), 22 Anzac Ave, Dunedin
Cost: Free to admire- tickets for train journeys see website.
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