Dunedin's Engineering Heritage Trails


Category
Engineering Heritage Walks

Description

Two engineering focused walks of central Dunedin highlight the vision, skill and tenacity of Dunedin’s engineers. Their work was pivotal in the city’s development and early prosperity.

Engineering has a wider scope than most people realise, including civil, electrical, fire, hydraulic, mechanical, structural, transport and telecommunications works. Because of this, places visited on the Engineering Heritage Trails range from locomotives to grand churches, public buildings to the sites of major earthworks.

Printable pdf trail brochures, with place information and maps, are available in Attachments section below.

Dunedin’s Engineering Heritage Trails are easy walks around central Dunedin, but comfortable shoes are recommended.

Walk 1: The Octagon Route (approximately 2 kilometres/1.5 hours)
This trail starts at the Otago Settlers Museum, and then progresses north, cutting westward through the Octagon and then looping back around to finish at First Church, which is south of the Octagon.

The items in the Walk 1 trail are:
1. Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Latitude -45.876900, Longitude 170.505735 (www.otago.settlers.museum)
2. Josephine and Locomotive JA1274 in the Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens (see the Hillside Railway Workshops record for more information)
3. South Island Main Trunk Railway, Anzac Avenue
4. Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue
5. Dunedin Law Courts, 1 Stuart Street
6. Former Shoreline, Dunbar Street
7. Cumberland Street and Stuart Street intersection traffic signals
8. Buildings on reclaimed harbour mud, Cumberland Street
9. Public transport, The Octagon
10. Municipal Chambers, 38 The Octagon
11. St Paul’s Cathedral, 36 The Octagon
12. King Edward Technical College, Corner Stuart Street, York Place, and Tennyson Street
13. Dominican Priory, Corner Smith and Tennyson Streets
14. Otago Girls High School, 41 Tennyson Street
15. Tennyson Street Electrical Substation
16. View from Tennyson Street
17. Dowling Street Steps, Corner Dowling and Princes Streets
18. First Church, 410 Moray Place

You can then make your way back to the Otago Settlers Museum to link to the Walk 2 of the Engineering Heritage Trails.


Walk 2: The Exchange Route (approximately 2 kilometres/1.5 hours)
This trail starts at the Otago Settlers Museum and follows the original Dunedin shoreline south, before heading north towards along Princes Street and completing a loop by finishing at Frist Church, which is near the museum and south of The Octagon.

The items in the Walk 1 trail are:
1. Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens
2. Bell Hill Cutting and Reclamation, Burlington Street, Moray Place, Princes Street
3. Main Intersecting Sewer, Queens Gardens
4. One way street system, Queens Gardens
5. Cumberland Street Overbridge, Intersection of Jetty and Cumberland Streets
6. New Zealand Express Company Building, 7 Bond Street
7. T & G Building, Corner Princes and Jetty Streets
8. ANZ Bank Building, 319 Princes Street
9. Chief Post Office, 283 Princes Street
10. Shoreline Plaque, Princes Street
11. Grand Hotel, 118 High Street
12. The Exchange – a transport terminus, Corner Princes and Rattray Streets
13. Cable Car Underground Chamber, Corner Princes and Rattray Streets
14. Bank of New Zealand Building, 205 Princes Street
15. National Bank Building, 193 Princes Street
16. First Church, 410 Moray Place
17. Plane Table, behind First Church

The walks were created by the IPENZ Otago/Southland Engineering Heritage Chapter, with assistance from Otago Settlers Museum and Dunedin City Council Community and Recreation Services.


NOTE: Many of these places are on Heritage New Zealand’s New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero as historic places.
Search the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero (www.heritage.org.nz)


Attachments

Dunedin Walk 1 (2.3 MB).pdf
Dunedin Walk 2 (800 KB).pdf

Location

Central Dunedin, both walks beginning at the Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens



Region/s
Otago

Access Info


Nature of Engineering
Rail Transportation, Infrastructure (incl. Road, water, ports), Building and Construction, Manufacturing and Industrial Processing, Communications, Transport (Road, sea, air, incl vehicles)

 

Railway Station, Dunedin, early 1920s. Smith, Sydney Charles, 1888-1972: Photographs of New Zealand. Ref: 1/2-046486-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://beta.natlib.govt.nz/records/22866113

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PRINCES STREET, DUNEDIN, LOOKING NORTH, SHOWING THE NORTHERN SECTION OF THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAMWAY SERVICE. (Otago Witness, 30 March 1904). Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://beta.natlib.govt.nz/records/14115713

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Lat: -45.876900 Long: 170.505735