The following is a gallery of photographs from my visit to Dunedin & Invercargill in April—May 2010.
Most of the images are city-views or landscapes. I generally avoided photographing people as I couldn't see much difference between typical
Baldwin Street Homes
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Suburban bungalows on either side of Baldwin Street .
The place is a bit of a tourist trap, so locals no doubt regard camera-wielding street–climbers with some weariness .
Baldwin Street Top
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The upper part of Baldwin Street is claimed to be the steepest gradient in the world .
The day I visited it was (of course) pouring rain, so I was lucky to get a few minutes of sunshine when returning from the
Gallery & Museum
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Interior views of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery  & Otago Musuem .
Much to my surprise the DPAG had a pretty good mix of exhibits, including an extensive display of Taryn Simon's
American Index photographs . OTOH I found the Otago Museum a bit dull, although the Moa skeletons were impressive . BTW the larger one is the female.
Otago Farmers Market
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The Farmers Market  is held every Saturday morning in the Railway Station car-park. Since they mostly sell foodstuffs, I didn't stay very long. BTW you can see the white exterior of the Cadbury chocolate factory  in the RHS background.
Cumberland Street Overpass
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The Jetty Street flyover. Taken late on a Saturday afternoon, when the city was practically deserted.
Great War Memorials
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I found these memorials in both Invercargill (left ) and Dunedin. I visited them barely a week after Anzac Day , hence the floral tributes.
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Dunedin Energy Centre on Castle Street and Speight's Brewery .
The DEC has four steam boilers, with a total 30 MW thermal capacity, and pumps steam through pipes to the hospital, Cadburys, the University of Otago and other businesses . It also supplied heating to the apartment across the road where your thermodynamics–fanboy stayed .
Speight's Brewery  is located on the site of a natural spring. Its owners cut a deal with the city to use the water to make beer, provided they also supplied a free water-tap for public access.
This explained why I saw a woman filling up jerry-cans on the street outside the brewery one Sunday morning. I thought she was grabbing
factory seconds beer, but instead she told me about the spring-water compromise. When I joked about
Sending Women Out To Fetch Water, she remarked that it was even more primitive than that, because while she was getting water her husband was out shooting ducks …
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View Street Apartments and The Winter Garden glasshouse at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens.
Baldwin Street isn't the only steep road in the city, with View Street  behind the Octagon being a bit of a hike as well. The glasshouse  is part of the Botanic Gardens. Apparently it was broken into a month earlier to steal the decoration on top of the dome .
Victorian Gothic Windows
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Top: St Dominic's Priory on Smith Street. Bottom: the southern side of St Paul's Anglican Cathedral on Stuart Street , near the Octagon .
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Dunedin isn't just a collection of pretty Victorian and Edwardian buildings. There are quite a few Concrete Box Masterpieces as well…
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Suburbia (top) and the southern part of the city, taken from the car-park next to the Ex Salvation Army Fortress .
The Safety-Last design of the car-park amazed me: it ended in a 10m drop onto buildings below and yet there were absolutely no guardrails.
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Dunedin on a Friday night. The Edwardian Railway station (top) and some cafés at the Octogon.
It was a pretty cold, but I was surprised at how deserted everything was at 9pm.
Moray Place Café
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Occasionally you can find places which still have a bit of 1930's art-deco charm  …
Art Deco Buildings
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The "Fortress" is located  near Speight's brewery, and is now the Adventurer Backpackers Lodge .
The "NZR" building used to be a railway workers garage — now it is the southern end of the Otago Settler's Museum .
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Hard to make sense of these Otago footpath markings. Presumably the lefthand sign means:
This Way if You Wish to Escape a Bicycle. Whereas the righthand sign appears to prohibit well-trained puppies…
Albany Street Crossing
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Corner of Albany and George Streets.
Apparently Dunedin city planners like to amuse themselves by creating Neoplasticist Pedestrian Landscapes.
University of Otago Entrance
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With approximately 20 000 students, the University  has a huge (IMO positive) impact on the city and its culture.
University of Otago Buildings
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UoO Centre for Innovation  and Registry Building Clocktower , on opposing sides of the Water of Leith.
University of Otago Willows
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Willow trees along the banks of the Water of Leith .
Tay Street Panorama
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A 200° view from the communal balcony of the apartment where I stayed . Tay Street is one of Invercargill's major thoroughfares, and this was taken between rain squalls during the evening rush-hour (!)
Tech note: the panorama is a composite of 10× images stitched together. The master image is approximately 40 megapixels — you can easily read the car license numbers or count the number of greeting cards slotted into the venetian blinds of one of the office building windows.
New River Estuary
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Views of the lagoon from Stead Street Wharf , looking south towards Bluff approx. 20kms away. Ships used to dock here but the estuary kept silting up, so after a few years a decision was made to move things out to the coast.
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St. Mary's Basilica  & First Presbyterian Church . I was surprised at the large number of churches in such a small city. The basilica amazed me because I didn't think there were enough Catholics to justify so grand a church in such a Scotch Presbyterian stronghold. OTOH the First Presbyterian  looked like a clone of a romanesque Catholic cathedral!
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Southland Freemasons Centre  & Central Baptist Church . Again I was surprised by the number and variety of prominent religious buildings in such a small city .
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Elite Ladies Massage Parlour and Civic Theatre complex . While I was in town the Civic Theatre  was never open, while the brothel never seemed to close …
Duck Shooting Season
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A book display at the Invercargill library and H&J's Outdoor World shopfront window.
The highlight of Southland Cultural Life is Duck Shooting Season .
As one gentleman in an orange beanie put it during a TV interview:
Y'know. Have a few beers. Have a few laughs with the mates. Shoot a few ducks…
(Well, most of the time  …)
Fastest Indian/ Munro Specials
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Southland is Burt Munro Country, and don't you forget it.
A portion of the 2005 Hollywood movie
World's Fastest Indian  was filmed nearby. Consequently there are now three
Munro Special motorbikes on display in Invercargill — one is located in the Southland Museum , the other is at the Cambridge Place Arcade (photo top) , while the original is in the Hayes Hardware store (photo bottom) .
(It's just a motorbike, right?…)
Stirling Point International Signpost
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On the Sunday night before returning to Sydney, I befriended a couple of Hungarian Women at an Indian restaurant. During dinner I mentioned how hard it was to get to Bluff if you don't drive, so they offered to give me a ride. On a rainy windswept night, complete strangers, off we went…
This is a photo of the International Signpost, which is pretty much the end of the line for South Island .
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There was a lot of rail infrastructure in Invercargill, but after the 1980s downturn it all seemed incredibly under-utilised .
Wool-store For Lease
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New Zealand is overrun by more than 40 million sheep . So it struck me as odd that this enormous wool-shed was empty and
Skies & Rooftops
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Invercargill is a coastal town at 46.41° south. Which places it well within the Roaring Forties and makes the weather incredibly unpredictable. In a typical day you can go from bright sunshine to pouring rain within an hour.
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Walking around the town in the middle of a working day, I was astonished at how deserted it was.
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The Scottish Hall & a blackboard display outside a convenience store. Many Southlanders wear their Scottish/ UK heritage on both sleeves and kilt .
Southland Museum Tuatara
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The Southland Museum is famous for its Tuatara display . These lizard-like creatures are fascinating in that they will stand perfectly still for hours. As far as I can tell, the only difference between them and the statue outside is that the latter makes a ringing sound when struck.
When not being mesmerised by these hypoactive critters, you can also check out one of the
Munroe Special motorbike copies . At least it occasionally moves…
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Queens is a large and beautiful park behind the Southland Museum. Parts of it are overly manicured, while other parts are left wild.
Water Tower Tree
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A tree beside the famous Invercargill Water Tower , showing the impact of life in the Roaring Forties.
Dunedin Station Platform
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The platform at Dunedin, showing the Taieri Gorge Railway train , which used to be part of the Otago Central Railway .
Dunedin Station Interior
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Interior views of the Edwardian railway station : on the left is an upstairs stained glass window, on the right is the ticket office entrance and steps.
DJ Class locomotive
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The front-end of the DJ Class locomotive  which pulled the Taieri Gorge train, during a rest stop.
Taieri Gorge & River
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Views of the Taieri River  and gorge.
Taieri Gorge Rock-face
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Dramatic shots of the Taieri Gorge, on the way to Pukerangi.
Taieri Gorge Viaduct
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The train-line runs alongside the river on one side of the gorge.
Pukerangi Rail Crossing
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Pukerangi is the end of the line . The train stops for 15 minutes while the locomotive is shunted to the rear of the train for the return journey.