Circumnavigating New Zealand — Leaving Pukerangi Railway Station


Pukerangi

We alighted from the train at the quaint stop of Pukerangi. Here the locals set up tables from which to sell their various crafts and wares as we waited for the train crew to reposition the locomotive for the return trip to Dunedin. After perhaps 45 minutes or so of using the outhouse and looking around, our Dunedin Railways train was ready for reboarding. So, I snapped a few shots more, and Ursula and I then climbed back onto the train.

Pukerangi Homestead

This time I was determined to secure a spot between passenger cars so that I could obtain better shots of Taieri Gorge on the way back. I hate trying to photograph from behind a glass window, as controlling reflection is impossible.

Taieri Gorge and Taieri River

So, I parked latched onto a spot and hung on. On the way back I managed several shots of Taieri River:

Taieri River

But even more impressive were the rolling hills and varied colors of the surrounding vegetation:

Taieri Gorge

Taieri Gorge

This platform between passenger cars was also a good vantage from which to photograph our train as it rounded bends and headed over trestles:

Dunedin Railways train crossing a trestle

We’ll view more of the gorge on Wednesday. But until then, I’ll leave you today with these two additional shots:

Taieri Gorge

Taieri Gorge

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