Looks like an opportunity will present itself later this year for me to spend 10 days to two weeks in New Zealand. Naturally, I would like to ride every possible train in New Zealand. Anyone with any New Zealand experience here?
I understand the Coastal Pacific between Picton and Christchurch is not running and is unlikely to run this year due to earthquake damage. The TranzAlipne is running from Christchurch, and the Northern Explorer is running between Auckland and Wellington. To the extent possible I would like to avoid renting a car, so I will also be looking for various bus routes and tours too, specially out of Auckland and Queenstown.
I am kind of jazzed about this one, if it all falls into place.