Ep18: Australia’s great rail journeys and The Abel Tasman National Park


On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters, the top of the South and Australia’s great rail journeys. As winter takes hold, start planning a wonderful escape to the Nelson Tasman Region, including The Abel Tasman. Meanwhile, across the ditch, the train whistle is blowing. We take a ride on The Ghan and the Indian Pacific.

Abel Tasman Coastline. Nelson, New Zealand
Abel Tasman Coastline. Photo: Kaiteriteri

Blazing trails in Tasman Bay. If you’re up for some soft adventure, make tracks to Cable Bay Adventure Park, just out of Nelson. Take a ride on what is billed as the world’s longest flying-fox, the Skywire. Hit the pedals on the Great Taste Trail, a whopping cycling route encircling the Tasman district.

Cable Bay Skywire. Nelson
Cable Bay Skywire. Photo: Cable Bay

Tantalising pursuits in The Abel Tasman. We discuss why postcard-perfect Kaiteriteri is such a holiday hit, how to access The Abel Tasman National Park, the astonishing scenery in the region and why should lap up the luxury, wrapped in nature, at Awaroa Lodge.

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles. Nelson, New Zealand
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles. Photo: Mike Yardley

Heading to Oz? The great southern land boasts some truly epic railway journeys. We take a ride on The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide, highlighting the off-track excursions in Katherine and Alice Springs.

The Ghan Train. Australia
The Ghan. Photo: Mike Yardley

Another epic rail journey in Australia spans the full width of the nation, connecting Sydney with Perth via Adelaide. The mighty Indian Pacific is back on the rails with a wealth of enticing off-track excursions, while artfully giving you a full appreciation for Australia’s sheer immensity.

The Indian Pacific dining car. Australia
The Indian Pacific dining car. Photo: Mike Yardley
  • 00:59 Nelson Tasman Area and Cable Bay National Park
  • 07:05 Kaiteriteri and Abel Tasman National Park
  • 13:42 Australia's epic rail journeys - The Ghan
  • 22:03 Australia's epic rail journeys - Indian Pacific

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