Rail tour makes stop in Timaru

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On tour .. Tour guide Bernie Samson (far right) assists passengers on to a train at Timaru for the next leg of their South Island journey. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

by Alexia Johnston

A tour conducted by Zealand Rail Tours this week pulled in to Timaru for the first time.
The 75 travellers spent Monday night in Timaru, then boarded a train to view the sights of Otago on Tuesday morning.
From Timaru, the tour, organised by Pukekohe Travel, stopped in Dunedin for two days so travellers could take in the sights and enjoy various activities on offer, including a visit to Larnach Castle, the albatross colony or the Taieri Gorge train.
The group’s itinerary also featured visits by bus to Clyde, Cromwell and Alexandra before returning to Dunedin. From there they would travel by train to Christchurch before flying back to their starting point of Auckland.
Tour guide Bernie Samson was looking forward to the company’s inaugural trip.
“It’s not what I call a job. It’s just really fun,” he said.