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* Day 189: London baby!
* Day 188: Museums
* Day 187: MTR
* Day 186: Kowloon Park
* Day 185: Peak tram
* Day 184: Central and Admiralty
* Day 183: Fly away
* Day 182: last day in Kiwiland
* Day 181: Auckland
* Day 180: Bouncy pillow
* Day 179: Christchurch
* Day 178: Christchurch
* Day 177: Fairlie
* Day 176: Hooker valley
* Day 175: Mt Cook/Aoraki NP
* Day 174: Oamaru
* Day 173: Dunedin cafe culture
* Day 172: Taieri Gorge Railway
* Day 171: Otago Peninsula
April 04, 2005
Day 172: Taieri Gorge Railway
Keiron arranged for a taxi to pick us up and we drove to the railway station and bought our tickets.
When we took a few photos of the building, Keiron noticed the light on my camera battery was flashing! And I didn't have a spare one. Luckily, we were able to buy a disposable camera, so we could snap away with that.
We took off in the 1920ies train, complete with wodden sash windows and baggae nets. The older man doing the commentary had held that job for over ten years, and repetition meant he had started mumbling a little bit, so we couldn't always understand him.
We crossed loads of viaducts and went through tunnels, all made by hand (and explosives) between 1879 and... 1921. Now, the line had been sold by the public railways and is privately owned, as it was no longer commerically viable.
We made a few stops along the way, as we climbed up the hillside of the gorge. Especially standing out on the outdoor platforms was impressive, you could see through the viaducts to the gorge below, and feel how close the walls of the tunnels were (don't stick out your head!) It was, however, a bit chilly.
We arrived back in Dunedin at about 1.30 and walked into town. We had lunch (eventually) at Metro, granted it was very nice. We then went to the cinema to see 'Be Cool', take two after the distaster that was Invercargill. 'Be Cool' is the sequel to 'Get Shorty' and though I never saw the original, this one was really funny. Who knew the Rock (of wrestling and The Mummy Returns fame) could actually act?
After that, we got the bus back to the campsite and in the evening we called Keiron's mum and dad.
Posted by Nathalie on April 4, 2005 01:49 AM
Category: New Zealand/Aotearoa
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