New Zealand has enjoyed a rail renaissance in recent years with large investments being made into new rolling stock, upgraded track and better on-board services. This has helped elevate it to a rail travel Mecca. There are also vibrant heritage train and vintage transport operations all over this great country and so, you have the ideal destination for rail and culture travelling. On this all-encompassing adventure, you are treated to some of the best rail, road, and water journeys to be had anywhere in the world. And you can be assured that the destinations at the end of the line are as superb as the journey getting there. There are highlights galore on this classic adventure and chartering our own trains at Glenbrook, Weka Pass will be very special outings as will our time at the historic Ferrymead Heritage Park just south of Christchurch on the glorious South Island. It was here in 1863 that a short section of broad-gauge track was opened to the public and the story of one of the world’s most interesting railway systems began.
Chris was born in Melbourne but grew up in Kuranda in North Queensland. He loved taking the Silver Bullet (tin turtle) train down the Kuranda range to Cairns for high school during those years. He studied Performing Arts at James Cook University before moving to Sydney to work for the Aboriginal and Islander Dance theatre. He then moved into the film industry working in the art department on many productions such as Babe, Pricilla, and the Wiggles to name a few. In 1992 he took his first trip to Japan and fell in love with the country, food, culture, and people. He studied Japanese and returned to Japan every year for holidays. Chris began working as a coordinator for Japanese productions in the South Pacific and in 2012 moved to Tokyo. His love for Japan and all things Japanese has grown over this time, just going to the convenience store is still exciting for him!