We booked our ticket from Wellington to Christchurch (and our fare included the Inter island ferry). This allowed us to book our luggage through as well. A short walk from the ferry to the train at Picton, and we were greeted by the Kiwirail staff. All aboard, the hooter sounded and we were on our way. This is indeed a true scenic trip as the train weaves it's way down the Kaikoura coast like a centipede, with highlights brought to our attention by the train crew. Train crew members Deon and Carolyn were fantastic, ensuring we are well taken care of. Good wine and light lunches are also available for purchase in the dining car, or bring your own picnic basket. A definite for your bucket list if not so already.
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