THREE UNIQUE RAIL JOUR­NEYS

Travel Bulletin - - RAIL JOURNEYS -

New Zealand – North­ern Ex­plorer

New Zealand of­fers an ex­tra­or­di­nary range of scenery and what bet­ter way to see it than by train, on the North­ern Ex­plorer. The line trav­els from Welling­ton at the bot­tom of the North Is­land, all the way to Auck­land to­wards the top. The jour­ney can be done in one day, or al­ter­na­tively you can break it at a num­ber of points. A high­light is the por­tion of the trip that trav­els through Ton­gariro Na­tional Park, show­cas­ing snow­blan­keted fields, an­cient lava flows and vol­canic moun­tains all side by side.

Mex­ico – El Chepe train

This scenic rail jour­ney trav­els from Los Mochis to Chi­huahua. Also known as the Cop­per Canyon train, it takes 14 hours to travel in one hit, but the best way to truly ap­pre­ci­ate this trip is to break up your jour­ney over a few days. The route stretches over 408 miles of rail­road tracks, go­ing through 86 tun­nels and cross­ing 37 bridges. Take in ev­ery­thing from flat desert to scenic moun­tains and val­leys. Make sure you stop at Divisadero and take in the view of the Cop­per Canyon, four times larger than the Grand Canyon.

Aus­tralia – Gulflan­der

Ad­mire a part of Aus­tralia that many peo­ple never get the chance to see on the Gulflan­der train. Traversing wet­lands and grass­lands to the arid Sa­van­nah of north Queens­land, the her­itage-listed train line stretches from Nor­man­ton to Croy­don. Nor­man­ton was the port for the gold rush town of Croy­don, and was never con­nected to the state rail net­work. The train it­self only car­ries a small num­ber of pas­sen­gers, and you can en­joy morn­ing tea en route as Sa­van­nah Guides on­board keep you en­ter­tained with trivia and amus­ing sto­ries of colour­ful char­ac­ters.

Ki­wirail

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