Dunedin Courthouse reopened seven years after closing for repairs

The Dunedin Courthouse has finally re-opened its doors, seven years after closing for repairs.

The 116-year-old building has been the scene of some of New Zealand's most dramatic cases. Source: 1 NEWS

Attended by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, a large group gathered at this morning's unveiling, with a parade and ceremonial sitting taking place this afternoon.

Barrister Anne Stevens who campaigned to see the court restored, said there was no other option, "because it's absolutely beautiful, it's the most historic courthouse in New Zealand".

The restoration cost nearly $20 million, and took just over six years to complete.

A statue on the old court building in Dunedin, New Zealand. Source:

The court is officially open for business from February 7.