Kapoors Year 9B: Australia and New Zealand travel blog

It Was An Early Start For Us 'Crack-On-Nooners' But We Were Excited...

I Was Delighted To See That They Had An 'Open' Car For...

I Laughed When I Saw Our Initials On The Outside Of The...

This Was The First-Class Section Of The Train Car, Lovely Leather Seats...

However We'd Booked A Table Seat In The Coach Section, It Was...

Here's A View Of The Rest Of The Coach, A Thoroughly Modern...

The Next Car Had A Snack Bar And Drinks Were Available Too!...

I Spent Much Of The Morning In The Open Car, Enjoying The...

Naturally, Much Of The Land Along The Rail Line Was Settled Long...

Here And There There Were Outcroppings, With Farms Nestled In Between The...

This Was So Like The Alberta Foothills Or The Interior Of British...

I Was Happy To Watch The World Go By, I've Always Been...

I Was Surprised How Few Sheep We Saw Along The Journey, This...

Here's A Sheep Farm With A Sheep-Shearing Shed Nearby, The Wool Industry...

I Was Reminded Of The Famous Spiral Tunnels Near Banff, Alberta When...

Here's A Shot Of The Open Car As We Passed Through The...

I Stuck My Head Out Of The Window And Looked Back As...

Rain Clouds Were Gathering As We Travelled Along Near Tongariro National Park

And It Was Raining Heavily, A Half Hour Later When We Stopped...

Another Hour Further On We Pulled Into Okahune, We Were Now Just...

I Got Off The Train To Stretch My Legs And Snapped This...

It Doesn't Seem To Matter Where You Are In The World, The...

We Were Now Out Of The National Parks Region And Once Again...

It Was Now Mid-Afternoon, The Perfect Time For A Cold Beer And...

Because We'd Purchased Drinks We Were Allowed To Sit In The Empty...

We Crossed Over The Manawatu River At Palmerston North, The Largest Waterway...

And Just Before 6:00pm We Emerged Along The Ocean At Paekakariki

Dozens Of People Were Flying Kites As We Passed Plimmerton, No More...

This Little Fellow Was Delighted With The Kites And The Wind Rushing...

We Chugged On Past The Marina At The Porirua Harbour, It Was...

We Were On The Outskirts Of Wellington Now, Almost Time To Say...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on Auckland has to say about the Northern Explorer Train:

“The Northern Explorer (formerly called the Overlander) trains depart from Britomart Station, the largest underground diesel train station in the world. They depart from Auckland at 7.45am and arrive in Wellington at 7.45pm (the return train from Wellington departs and arrives at the same time).

Useful stops include Hamilton (21⁄2 hours), Otorohanga (3 hours), Te Kuiti (31⁄4 hours), Taumarunui (41⁄2 hours), National Park (51⁄2 hours), Ohakune (61⁄2 hours), Palmerston North (91⁄2 hours) and Paraparaumu (11 hours).”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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