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Wellington Railway Station is one of Wellington's most important historic buildings. Its monumental scale reflects the importance of railways in New Zealand during the first half of the twentieth-century. At the time it was built it was the largest building in New Zealand. The station is also an important symbol of governmental centralisation and consolidation of railway facilities and staff. When it opened, it represented the first time in the history of the Railways Department that all head office staff were brought under one roof. The management of the rail network has been continually undertaken from the building since 1937.

The construction of the Wellington Railway Station also represents the culmination of the development of the railways in the Wellington Region, combining all services - local and national - in one impressive southern terminus. There is also a certain amount of historic significance in the continued association of Fletcher Construction who built the station and is carrying out the most significance changes to the station to date.

This is an evening shot right in front of the entrance.

You can either head north towards Auckland or take the cruise to Picton in South Island.

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