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KiwiRail's Northern Explorer is a well-known scenic rain journey that operates three days a week from Auckland to Wellington.
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KiwiRail's Northern Explorer is a well-known scenic train journey that operates three days a week from Auckland to Wellington.
  
 
A group of intrepid LCA delegates are taking the train down on Saturday 17 January.
 
A group of intrepid LCA delegates are taking the train down on Saturday 17 January.
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Are available from [http://kiwirailscenic.co.nz Kiwi Rail Scenic]
 
Are available from [http://kiwirailscenic.co.nz Kiwi Rail Scenic]
  
If you don't live in NZ, the only ticket price available is the Flexi fare, which is NZD$199. Cheaper tickets, starting at NZD$139 at the time of writing are available for online booking from NZ, or if you do location spoofing. [https://hola.org/ Hola] seems to work just fine for this purpose.
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If you don't live in NZ, the only ticket price available is the Flexi fare, which is NZD$199. Cheaper tickets, starting at NZD$139 at the time of writing are available for online booking from NZ, or if you do location spoofing.  
  
They accept all the major credit cards including Amex.
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* [https://hola.org/ Hola] seems to work just fine for purpose, though it's not free software.
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* [https://www.torproject.org/ Tor] will also work, provided you restrict to NZ-based exit nodes.
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Kiwi Rail accept all the major credit cards including Amex.
  
 
== Attending ==
 
== Attending ==
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=== To Auckland ===
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=== To Wellington ===
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==== Saturday 17 January ====
  
 
Please only list yourselves on this list once your ticket is booked. If at all possible, please list your name as it appears on your ticket, as I'll use this page to ask KiwiRail to seat as many of us together as possible.
 
Please only list yourselves on this list once your ticket is booked. If at all possible, please list your name as it appears on your ticket, as I'll use this page to ask KiwiRail to seat as many of us together as possible.
  
 
* Christopher Neugebauer
 
* Christopher Neugebauer
* Jack Scott
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* Jack Scott - Staying at Uni Hall
 
* Cory Thompson
 
* Cory Thompson
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* Jethro Carr
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* Clinton Roy - Carlaw Park
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* Joshua Berkus - Staying at Uni Hall
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* Geordie Millar - Quadrant
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* Michael Wheeler - Quadrant
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* maia sauren - uni halls
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* Uwe Geuder (only Auckland - Ohakune)
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* Daniel Bryan - Carlaw Park
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'''Staying in Uni Hall'''
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Meet a 6:45AM in the Uni Hall lobby.  We will share a cab to the train station.
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== Activities ==
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* Trainception - Playing [http://www.openttd.org/en/ OpenTTD] on the train. Living on the edge so 1.50-beta1 :)
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* Game Length table: [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kI_jIBFMM_NF1R4bW54C1QonmJGuOauC0I7-xgj6Glk/edit?usp=sharing]
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* Would have to start at 2000 to get to 2050 in 12 hours unless we patch OpenTTD for shorter days. Unless we want to start at 1980 then meet up for a ~4 hour session to finish? IMO starting at 1980 is more fun.
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** Geordie Millar
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** Michael Wheeler
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** Jack Scott
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== Kiwi Train Songs ==
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* [http://www.folksong.org.nz/taumarunui/index.html Taumaranui on the Main Trunk Line] (lyrics + youtube vid). [http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/railway-songs NZ History net page on the song]
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* [http://folksong.org.nz/trainsongs.html List of NZ Train songs]. Some are on  youtube but not linked. eg [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWNzMm0vB_c Okaihau express]

Latest revision as of 21:50, 16 January 2015

KiwiRail's Northern Explorer is a well-known scenic train journey that operates three days a week from Auckland to Wellington.

A group of intrepid LCA delegates are taking the train down on Saturday 17 January.

Seat61 has a great summary of the journey.

Tickets

Are available from Kiwi Rail Scenic

If you don't live in NZ, the only ticket price available is the Flexi fare, which is NZD$199. Cheaper tickets, starting at NZD$139 at the time of writing are available for online booking from NZ, or if you do location spoofing.

  • Hola seems to work just fine for purpose, though it's not free software.
  • Tor will also work, provided you restrict to NZ-based exit nodes.

Kiwi Rail accept all the major credit cards including Amex.

Attending

To Auckland

To Wellington

Saturday 17 January

Please only list yourselves on this list once your ticket is booked. If at all possible, please list your name as it appears on your ticket, as I'll use this page to ask KiwiRail to seat as many of us together as possible.

  • Christopher Neugebauer
  • Jack Scott - Staying at Uni Hall
  • Cory Thompson
  • Jethro Carr
  • Clinton Roy - Carlaw Park
  • Joshua Berkus - Staying at Uni Hall
  • Geordie Millar - Quadrant
  • Michael Wheeler - Quadrant
  • maia sauren - uni halls
  • Uwe Geuder (only Auckland - Ohakune)
  • Daniel Bryan - Carlaw Park

Staying in Uni Hall

Meet a 6:45AM in the Uni Hall lobby. We will share a cab to the train station.

Activities

  • Trainception - Playing OpenTTD on the train. Living on the edge so 1.50-beta1 :)
  • Game Length table: [1]
  • Would have to start at 2000 to get to 2050 in 12 hours unless we patch OpenTTD for shorter days. Unless we want to start at 1980 then meet up for a ~4 hour session to finish? IMO starting at 1980 is more fun.
    • Geordie Millar
    • Michael Wheeler
    • Jack Scott

Kiwi Train Songs