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Coastal Pacific train from Picton to Christchurch

11 Responses to “Coastal Pacific train from Picton to Christchurch”

  1. threeweeksinnz

    I like your sentence “just another day in New Zealand”. The number of huge mountains can be overwhelming sometimes. Their sheer height was just something I’m not used to. I realised just how wide, brown and flat Australia really is.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Leanne. I wrote “just another day in New Zealand” to mean the opposite of that! I was very lucky, I feel lucky that the weather was sunny and clear for most of the time I was in New Zealand; the South Island was an incredible experience and left indelible impressions. I would love to go back to New Zealand and spend even more time on each of the two islands. Thanks for your comment!

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  2. Christina

    Ah, I love driving down that route. What a beautiful train journey this must be, when you can just sit back and relax. I’ll have to have quite a few rest stops to take pictures 🙂 Only 2 weeks to go 🙂

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Christina. OK now I’m envious you’re going back! Then again, I would be envious of anyone going to New Zealand. 🙂

      An advantage of the train is having someone else drive, being able to walk between carriages, and there’s even running commentary about scenery, locations, history, etc. An advantage of driving a hired car is stopping everywhere on demand to make photographs; this in turn can also be a “disadvantage”, as I’d be stopping a lot!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, and thanks! I did two of three available train journeys with KiwiRail; I’ll have another upcoming post on the second journey, which was an east-to-west crossing over the South Island. I hope you can hop on a train when you’re in New Zealand!

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    • fotoeins

      Hey, Erik. Clearly, there are advantages and disadvantages to taking the train or hiring one’s own vehicle. I’d like to think the advantages of taking the train outweigh the disadvantages. In a car, I would stop everywhere and it would take forever to reach my intended destination. 🙂

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