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New Zealand. Port Chalmers. Taieri Gorge Railway. P.2.

Uritsk Andrey • 5 minutes read • April 25th, 2016
We're passing coniferous forests:

Travel on the footboard? Why not!

We are moving along the valley of the Taieri River. Ahead there is one of the many bridges built at the beginning of the 20th century.

We left the bridge behind:

We had a 15-minute stop at Hindon station.

This is a monument dedicated to sheep herding dogs - Collies that have worked here for more than 150 years. I was the only one, I suppose, thinking that the dog sculpture is not similar to a real Collie. Or maybe there are different kinds of Collies in New Zealand?

Meanwhile, our granny asks us not to be naughty and to take our seats before departure...

We continue our way up the mountain valley:

Rushing through the canyon:

Here is one of the most interesting and challenging areas - the railroad passes through a rocky cliff, crossing through chasms across the bridges:

This is the most interesting bridge:

When the train rushes through the unique New Zealand bridge on steel supports of the early 20th century, you feel a real admiration for the architecture!

Here's one more picture of the bridge we left behind:

Meanwhile, the relief changes - the mountain valley is left behind us and we drive through a plateau.

Pukerangi station is situated here, the farthest point of our trip. A half-hour stop is provided, during which time locomotives are moved from one side of the train to the other, and tourists can buy souvenirs. For me, the best "souvenirs" are experiences derived from the journey, so I'm going to explore the surrounding area with my camera in hand:

The locomotive is attached on one end of the train to another, going all the way back!

When you are in the open area of the train you should not poke your head outside of the trains boundaries, or you may have an unfriendly meeting with the rocky edges of the mountain!

Again we are riding through the mountain valley - the sun came out, which was a true paradise for the photographers onboard!

We are slowly making our way back to the coast.

And this is the Wingatui Viaduct, the largest bridge construction on the route:

For those who are afraid of heights it's best to not look down!

And here are the flatter areas of New Zealand again - we're getting closer to the coast:

We met horses and sheep.

Students, noticing the tourist train, wave their hands at us. And we answered them back.

Here's the 


Stadium. The train is already riding within the city borders:

And here is the already familiar station - 

Dunedin Railway Station

. The train will travel to 

Port Chalmers

, back to the ship, but we still have a lot of free time, so everyone can wander through the city for an hour or two. That's what I did.
Author: Uritsk
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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