Heritage Train Tour Leaders Q&A with Allan Boyer

  • Tell us about yourself?

I live in the lower South Island of New Zealand in Gore. Since 1988 I have operated and developed a Tour Business here. In the last few years, Patricia, my wife, retired from secondary teaching and has joined me in that operation. We have offered many tours in both islands of NZ, Australia, Norfolk and the Chatham Islands. Also, I have managed NZ inbound rail tours for Railway Adventures and the IRT Society from the USA. Until recently I was a train manager for Dunedin Railways and hosted thousands of people from the cruise ships that visited Dunedin Port as well as planning and operating numerous rail tours around the South Island. Sadly, that all finished with the onset of Covid. These days I help out as a train manager on the Kingston Flyer and the Waimea Plains Railway which are both close to home. Leading such a busy life in the travel industry there is not much time available for hobbies, but I enjoy heading out into the bush and mountains when I can. One day I may be able to finish building a model railway started many years ago. Travel is high on the list too.


  • What attracted you to the love of train travel?

Having been raised in a railway family it was in the blood I guess and although not being

employed in that industry when leaving school, I have always had an interest in railways in general which did lead me to work in railway tourism and general train travel. I travel by train as much as possible and have done so in Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.


  • Favourite country in the world and why?

That would have to be New Zealand as everything is compact and not too overcrowded and this is home. I do have a close affinity with Outback Australia and enjoy travelling to remote places there as well.


  • Where haven’t you visited but is on the bucket list?

I’ll be going to India with Railway Adventures next year and have intentions to go to Scotland to follow up on Patricia’s Scottish heritage and also head to France for a Rhine River Cruise. There are also many places left in Australia to visit.


  • How long have you worked with Railway Adventures?

I am just starting out on that adventure so just over a year. However, have planned a

comprehensive tour through New Zealand and have managed one to date with more in the pipeline. I’ve also known Scott for a few years now and look forward to more involvement with Railway Adventures here in New Zealand and in Australia.


  • Your Favourite Railway Adventures Tour?

Outback Queensland although that might change as we experience more of them in other places.


  • Your most memorable Railway Adventures Tour?

They are all memorable but that is a work in progress.


  • What is your favourite international cuisine?

I will sample most food but have to draw the line sometimes. A good steak or fish meal is hard to beat.


  • What are your top 5 packing essentials?

Enthusiasm, the right clothes, medication, not taking non-essential items, like 6 extra pairs of

socks, and a check list.


  • Tell us why you love your job?

To be able to meet people and experience the places visited with them. Travel is a great learning curve and helps me appreciate the rest of the world and the places seen on those travels. Working with all the Railway Adventures team makes my experience all that more enjoyable.


Scott McGregor’s Railway Adventures tour is more than just a holiday, it is a unique way to experience the world. By train you are completely immersed in culture and adventure, exploring the most scenic corners of the world in the comfort of a luxury train. Whether you are an experienced traveller or just beginning to explore this wonderful world, Railway Adventures has something for everyone. Transform your holiday into the most unforgettable adventure of a lifetime with Railway Adventures.

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