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Is it worth taking the train from Wellington to Auckland

Ontario, Canada
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Is it worth taking the train from Wellington to Auckland

I will be on a 11 day self drive around the North Island in February 2011. I will be starting in Auckland and will end in Wellington. I was initially planning on flying back but heard that the train might be an interesting choice.

Between Auckland and Wellington my itinerary which is flexible will include Whangarei/Bay of Islands is possible, Coromandel, Taurango, Rotorua, and Napier.

However, using the train will take up one entire day of my trip as opposed to flying which I could just get an early morning or late night flight.

My question: Is it worth taking the train and why?

Thank you for your help.

Whangarei, Northland
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1. Re: Is it worth taking the train from Wellington to Auckland

By taking the train you will see scenery and countryside that you are not going to see otherwise, however, it is a very slow journey on the train, so you could easily decide that the day would be better spent either doing something else in Wellington or Auckland.

Since you only have 11 days in total for your trip, I think you will want to see as much as possible, and I suspect that the train trip might not be the best use of a whole day.

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2. Re: Is it worth taking the train from Wellington to Auckland

I think you'll eventually become frustrated with the train trip, yes there are pockets of great scenery and behind the scene cityscapes but it really is a very long and slow trip.

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3. Re: Is it worth taking the train from Wellington to Auckland

Thank you for the responses. Very much appreciated. I'll heed the advice and make use of the time elsewhere.

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