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Petit Futé's opinion on KIWIRAIL SCENIC JOURNEYS

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The railway network of KiwiRail Scenic Travels crosses the important landscapes of the two islands. There are three lines in both directions. Trains on the 3 lines were renewed in 2011. The cars are modern and comfortable with air conditioning and panoramic windows to take full advantage of the view. At the back, a larger observation space allows to take photos. Catering service on board. KiwiRail's website has a very simple booking system to prepare the trip. Attention: it is impossible to choose his place, so you must arrive early to take his location with the improvised office on the station dock and wait for his assignment.

Network the North island. From Auckland to Wellington, Northern Explorer is in 12 hours the heart of the Northern Island including Ohakune, the national park area and the volcanic Plateaus of Mt. Ruapehu. Ohakune being the destination to go skiing. Otorohanga is an interesting stop to visit the famous caves of Vers De or the site of Hobbiton. After arriving in Wellington, train lovers can then join the South island and Christchurch for the TranzAlpine (via a train and ferry link with Interislander from Wellington to Picton (port of arrival on the South Island).

South Island Network. Coastal Pacific extends between Picton and Christchurch, along the Pacific coast and the landforms of Kaikoura. The variety of landscapes between the viticulture regions and the Canterbury plains is noted. Kaikoura is a popular stop to watch whales and swim with dolphins. You can combine train and ferry with the Interislander of Wellington between the islands of the North and the South. The train circulates during the extended summer season between April and October.

TranzAlpine line. The train runs between Christchurch and Greymouth through the Southern Alps, the Canterbury plains, the river Waimakariri and Arthurs Pass. The journey ends with the crossing of the lush tropical forest just before Greymouth - an ideal base for visiting the rocks of Punakaiki and glaciers.

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