One train, so many views

By Tim Richards
Updated October 13 2021 - 3:50am, first published October 10 2021 - 9:14pm
A GREEN AND LOVELY VISTA: Beautiful farmland views from the Northern Explorer. Photo: Tim Richards

American poet John Whittier said the saddest words in life are "It might have been", and I have them in mind as I walk past the grand facade of Auckland's former main railway station. A beautiful Beaux-Arts building from 1930, it would be the perfect place to begin a long train journey across New Zealand's North Island.

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