Join the Read­ers’ Rail Tour

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The Do­min­ion Post Read­ers’ Rail Tour is back for an­other year.

Now in its 28th year, the tour will take place over 14 days in Oc­to­ber.

It will ven­ture north to Whanganui, Na­tional Park and Hamil­ton, and later from Napier, Palmerston North and back to Welling­ton via Wairarapa.

Com­bin­ing both rail travel and coach, day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude ex­plor­ing the Art Deco his­tory of Napier, lunch on Lake Ro­torua aboard the Lake­land Queen, and a ban­quet at Hob­biton.

Lower Hutt woman Stella has been on tours all around the coun­try and has en­joyed them all.

She says the com­pany is a high­light and she has made life­long friends. Now she and a friend who met on a tour do them to­gether.

‘‘The thing was you go into the ho­tel and you go in your room, and you know you can go down to the bar and have a drink and there’ll be some­body you can sit with. You’re not on your own.’’

Stella was at­tracted to the tour orig­i­nally as a train en­thu­si­ast, and says it’s a great way to see the coun­try. ‘‘There’s no two ways about that, and you’re not shut up in a bus all day.’’

Her favourite mem­o­ries in­clude a he­li­copter ride to the top of Franz Joseph Glacier, stay­ing in the Her­mitage Ho­tel at Mt Cook, and tak­ing part in a gum­boot throw­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the mid­dle of the road in Whang­amomona.

‘‘I al­ways feel if you’re there, and it’s safe and ev­ery­thing, you’ve got to do it,’’ she says.

She also en­joyed trav­el­ling on the Napier to Gis­borne rail line be­fore its clo­sure in 2012.

‘‘I was so grate­ful to go on that be­cause the road goes in­land but the train goes around the coast.’’

The tour pack­age of­fers an allinclu­sive tar­iff cov­er­ing trans­fers, ac­com­mo­da­tion, ac­tiv­i­ties, din­ner and cooked break­fast daily and off-rail lunches. Coaches will meet the train at each stop, ready to trans­port trav­ellers to sights and ho­tels.

The 2017 tour runs Oc­to­ber 15-28. For more in­for­ma­tion visit dom­post.co.nz/ read­er­s­tour.

The 2017 Do­min­ion Post Read­ers’ Rail Tour will travel through­out the North Is­land, to Whanganui, Na­tional Park, Hamil­ton, Napier, Palmerston North and through the Wairarapa.

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