The original Scottish settlers who founded the city wanted to create a new religious community, a new Edinburgh (Dunedin is the Gaelic name for Edinburgh). But the discovery of gold deposits nearby soon changed that and Dunedin bacame a rich city, the richest in the country.  The wealth is demonstrated in the architecture, from the splendid Flemish-style railway station to the courthouse and the newspaper building.

The city is built aroud the central Octagon, where there is a statue of Scottish poet Robbie Burns.

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