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.
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 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 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.
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...