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Travel Options United Travel, Whitianga

Great rail journeys have evolved to become

part of many a traveller’s ‘Bucket List’

Rail journeys to inspire

Contact us today!

United Travel Whitianga

07 866 4397 / 0800 585758

75 Albert St


ur own Driving Creek Railway began as an industrial tool for

our illustrious potter, Barry Brickell, and it grew to also become

a fun thing to take the children for a ride on – a Mark Twain style

of adventure – now a ‘must do” for visitors to the Coromandel.

Travelling by rail is no longer just a means to an end; it also plays

an integral part in our travels and is well worth considering when

you are planning your next adventure. Rail journeys can add a

whole new perspective to many amazing countries.

Trains are a relaxed alternative to air travel and can be comparable in

fare. First and premier classes include dining and beverage service

to your seat. Overnight sleeper berths are an alternative to hotel

accommodation, especially good for travelling distances overnight.

Here at home there is no better way to take in our beautiful scenery.

Take the

Northern Explorer

through the middle of the North Island via

the famous Raurimu Spiral, a feat of railway engineering built in 1898.


Coastal Pacific

hugs the picturesque coastline between Picton and

Christchurch, and the

Tranz Alpine

is one of the world’s most scenic

journeys across our Southern Alps between Christchurch and Greymouth.

We can explore the vastness of Australia easily with its huge rail network.

Trans-continental, there is

The Ghan

: Adelaide to Darwin,

Indian Pacific:

Sydney to Perth, and

The Overland:

Melbourne to Adelaide. Options are

economical day-nighter recliner seating, twin or single sleeper cabins, or

exclusive private carriages for small parties or conferences.

The Canadian Rockies stunning scenery is now accessible to the

leisure traveller, artist or adventurer via the

Rocky Mountaineer.

It was

constructed by Canadian Pacific Railways to connect East and West

Canada. You can retrace the steps of those early Canadian explorers,

travelling through the legendary Spiral tunnels on the journey from

Vancouver to Banff with the

Rocky Mountaineer

, with your choice of

service from Redleaf, Silverleaf or Goldleaf with its glass dome coaches,

elegant dining and all-inclusive services.

The Alaska Railroad can add another dimension to your cruise of the

famous Inside Passage. Enjoy this vast land of breath-taking scenery

and incredible wildlife with knowledgeable tour guides whilst travelling in

Adventure class or Goldstar’s new all-inclusive service.

Further afield, Machu Picchu’s


immerses you in the Andean

culture with music, local food and incomparable views from panoramic

windows, perfect for photography. Or you could indulge in a more

traditional experience on the

Hiram Bingham

train (see photos above).

You can avoid the congestion of India’s roads and rediscover a bygone

age when you embark on

Maharajas’ Express

. They offer 3-7 day

journeys, a world of high teas with Maharajas, elegance and opulence.

See India’s architectural wonders, the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort and,

at Ranthambore, maybe a tiger. Visit the sacred city of Varanasi and

experience a cruise on the river Ganges. These off-train excursions are

included in your fare. Or indulge yourself in a Royal retreat when you

board the

Palace on Wheels

to explore majestic Rajasthan.

South Africa offers luxurious

Rovos Rail

with a series of train journeys

from 3-14 days to some of Africa’s greatest destinations. From Capetown

through to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, on trains that may be hauled by

diesel, electrical or occasional steam locomotives on various stages of

the journey. Or travel on

The Blue Train

, described as a ‘five star hotel

on wheels’. A unique concept is the

Shongololo Express,

offering four

adventures to experience Southern Africa. Travel the long distances at

night in your own comfortable compartment and wake each morning to a

new and exciting destination. Fares include off-rail sightseeing and game

excursions with guided touring in air-conditioned vehicles.

In a similar style, explore Northern Spain on board

El Transcantabrico


With two fascinating itineraries from Santiago de Compostela, you will

view this more remote area of countryside from the comfort of the train.

Plus coaches are included for sightseeing to areas not accessible by

train. Enjoy Spain’s exceptional cuisine, with overnight stops at railway

stations along the way.

Step back in time to the Roaring Twenties when you board



and become part of its history. During the day

your cabin is configured as a lounge, becoming – at night – a cosy

bedroom. Indulge in the two day classic journey from London to Paris

or travel on to Venice, Vienna, Budapest or Prague. Once a year, it is

possible to relive the golden age of travel when the maiden journey of the

Orient Express

of 1883 from Paris to Istanbul is re-enacted.

High speed trains travelling at up to 200km per hour offer easy and fast

connections across Europe. In some countries, stations are located at

the international airports and offer an easy airport-to-city shuttle. When

travelling you can simply purchase a one way ticket to a destination – or

if you have a lot of places to visit, consider purchasing a rail pass that

gives you a reduced rate for specific days and pre-determined stops.

A rail journey is a unique experience and one that will further enhance

your travels around the world.

For help choosing your rail holiday, ring the experts at United Travel in Whitianga

at 07 866 4397, and be sure to say you read about them in

Coromandel Life


Above left, Kiwis can travel the South Island on the

Coastal Pacific

or on the

Northern Explorer

for the North Island. Above right, travel in olde world luxury

aboard the

Hiram Bingham

train, which climbs up steep valleys to Machu

PIcchu. Riders enjoy music in the ornate wooden cars below.

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