Marvel at the size, architecture and rich embellishments of Dunedin Railway Station - it's the grandest 'Gingerbread House' you'll ever see.
The Dunedin Railway Station is one of the city’s most prominent architectural landmarks, taking pride of place in the central city. Dating back to 1906, this magnificent Flemish Renaissance-style edifice features white Oamaru limestone facings on black basalt rock, giving it a dramatic air and it’s characteristic ‘Gingerbread House’ appearance.
Fitted out in the lavish style of the times, the booking hall alone features a mosaic floor of almost 750,000 tiles of Royal Doulton porcelain. The sheer size, grandiose style and rich embellishments of the station earned architect George Troup the nickname of Gingerbread George.
The station is open to the public to marvel at the ornate interiors and period adornments, but is also home to a number of businesses, including Dunedin Railways which offers train excursions into the stunning Dunedin hinterlands. A large restaurant takes up the much of the ground floor and the upper floor houses an art gallery and a sports hall of fame.
Every Saturday the adjacent carpark transforms into the Otago Farmers Market, where local artisan producers sell all manner of delicious treats from fresh produce through to decadent pastries and cheeses. Something of a ritual for the locals stocking up on Dunedin-made goodies, a morning at the market is social occasion with buskers add to the festive feel.