Dunedin Railway Station
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Dunedin Railway Station

The massive and ornate "gingerbread house" railway station was once a busy transport hub for the South Island, with as many as 100 trains passing through every day. Train travel has become less convenient (and thus less popular), and now the Dunedin Railway Station is used only for a few sightseeing excursions. But the magnificent building is still a historic and architectural landmark. Its construction combined local materials like Oamaru limestone with the finest imported goods, such as the Royal Doulton porcelain tiles from England that line the vast interior. The station now houses the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and the Otago Art Society gallery; a farmers market sets up outside on Saturdays.

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