Along the way, as it winds up into the mountains, the train travels over bridges across ravines and through many little tunnels. The landscapes on view include barren peaks, high altitude lakes, dark tannic rivers, isolated sheep stations, huge cattle ranches and, as it is high summer, fields of purple lupins and yellow gorse and broom. It is stunning.
The train has big windows and an open air viewing carriage where you can get covered in soot.
|Sooty viewing platform|
|Native Podocarp forest and tannic river (east coast)|
|Lupins and broom on the high plains|