ThrowBack Thursday Dunedin New Zealand On a Down Under Cruise

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Dunedin New Zealand On a Down Under Cruise

Earlier this week I was looking for some photos for a friend and stopped to look through the files of our Australia trip 5 years ago. To the day, we were in port at Dunedin New Zealand

Walking in the downtown historic district the feature was the old train station, which had been sold to the town a few years back by the railroad company for a sum of $1.00.

It was an active tourist stop and the gardens were meticulously manicured. It made for some grand photo opportunities.

The architecture was so ornate and so well preserved as though it had been built just a few short years back and not when officially opened in 1906. At the time it handled over 100 trains a day.

The style of architecture was Flemish renaissance. Not to be overlooked, the main hall was equally as pristine with a polished mosaic floor of over 750,000 Minton tiles.

Even the platform had been maintained and looked to be so attractive so many years later.

A memorable stop on a memorable trip.

Dunedin New Zealand On a Down Under Cruise


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Comments (16)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, THAT would be so cool to see, and sounds like an awesome adventure.

Jan 26, 2023 07:27 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Wow that is some train station, I love the Minton tiles, reminds me of a station in Porto in Portugal I saw. However, your outside design is far grander and the gardens are a nice touch.


Porto train station

Jan 26, 2023 08:28 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Ed.  I have always regretted not taking the time to make New Zealand at the same time as our Australia trip.  New Zealand seems to be slipping further and further away.  The train station is one heck of a buy, any time much less only a few years past.   mdm

Jan 26, 2023 08:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ed - I admit I am not familiar with Flemish Renaissance or its influence in New Zealand.  So many rabbit holes to travel thanks to your post.  I am sure you relived lots of memories as you photo-surfed for your friend.  

Jan 26, 2023 08:59 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

beautiful photos, sounds like a fantastic trip! So nice to have these mementos to remember our travels

Jan 26, 2023 09:04 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ed Silva thanks for the tour of New Zealand. When I was a kid I had a pen pal from there and had some very interesting communications. As we grew the communications stopped.

Jan 26, 2023 11:49 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are wonderful pictures, Ed.  And, New Zealand seems like a great place to visit.

Jan 26, 2023 01:48 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jan 26, 2023 01:48 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed WOW that is a gorgeous unforgettable building.  That had to be an amazing cruise.

Jan 26, 2023 04:24 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That definitely sounds like a memorable trip!  I wonder if I will ever get to visit the land down under.

Jan 27, 2023 05:54 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Joan Cox  It was a special trip and we saw so many wonderful things and created great memories.

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543   I have been to Porto but not to the train station. I do remember the large bridge that spans the river that runs right through the town, however.

Jan 27, 2023 06:03 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543

Ed Silva yes, I walked across that  bridge into town and have several photos of it. A town I am looking forward to revisiting.

Jan 27, 2023 06:38 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho   When we set up the trip, we really didn't know where or what to do so decided a cruise would be best. We liked some towns in each country if the opportunity arises to go back again.

Michael Jacobs   We didn't see any rabbit holes, but we were in Middle Earth and saw the shire. Frodo wasn't there that day, however.

Jan 27, 2023 06:06 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Lise Howe   it was a great trip and we topped it off with a week on the island of Kauai just to relax on the way home.

Hannah Williams   I have a few more photos to share over the next 2 weeks as that was the time we took the trip.

Jan 27, 2023 06:09 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Myrl Jeffcoat   it was a great trip and we saw s many beautiful things and created many memories. Thanks for the recognition.

George Souto   we made a lot of memories and are so appreciative of the health to be able to make the trips we do.

Brian England   I don't know if my crystal ball will allow me to see your future.

Jan 27, 2023 06:12 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed- I love the photos!  I think older architecture is what fascinates me. 

Jan 27, 2023 11:44 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva - I always hoped to get to New Zealand and Australia. If I had a choice to choose one, I would have picked New Zealand. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photographs! It looks like you had a beautiful trip with good memories too!

Jan 27, 2023 07:21 PM