Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Esplanade Scenic Railway

I recently wrote this piece on the Esplanade Scenic Railway for the local Parents Centre magazine and thought I'd share it here too...

Have you ridden the train at the Esplanade lately? In recent years they have spent time lengthening the track and when I’ve ridden the train I have got to see parts of the Esplanade I’d not visited before.

With two stations (one near the Lido end of the Esplanade and the other in the Children’s Play Park) to choose from it’s a great way of getting around the Esplanade. You buy a ticket which gives you a return journey but can hop on and off at either station.

Most children love it and my son is a huge fan. He first went on the train aged 4 months last summer and was happy with the wind in his hair as the train whipped around the track. Since then he has taken to waving at the train whenever it passes us and we’ve been on it this summer as well.

With babies under 12 months being free and the cost for everyone else being pretty low it’s a fun addition to a visit to the Esplande.

The Esplanade Scenic Railway runs from 1 - 4pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays and is open every day during School Holidays from 1 - 4pm. It costs $2.50 for a return ticket from either station and babies under 12 months old are free.

For more information visit their website: http://www.esplanaderail.org.nz/

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