tourism

Events In History

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Rail tourism

  • Page 1 – Rail tourism

    From the late 19th century New Zealand’s expanding rail network opened up exciting leisure and tourism opportunities.

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  • Page 2 – Day excursions

    From the early days of rail, excursion and special trains gave people new opportunities to visit beaches, lakes, parks, racecourses and shows.

  • Page 3 – Holidaymakers

    As well as day excursions, from the mid-1890s New Zealand Railways offered special deals for travellers taking longer rail journeys over the Christmas and Easter holiday

  • Page 4 – Railways Studios

    In 1920 New Zealand Railways established it own Railways Studios – the country’s first outdoor advertising studio. The studios produced posters, pamphlets, maps and

  • Page 5 – Railways Magazine

    During the inter-war years no other monthly magazine matched New Zealand Railways for its commitment to promoting a popular literary culture in New Zealand.

  • Page 6 – Post-war changes

    After the peak years of the 1920s and late 1930s, tourist travel all but ceased during the Second World War.

Erebus disaster

New Zealand and Le Quesnoy

  • Page 3 – Visiting Le Quesnoy

    Just 4 kilometres east of Beaudignies in northern France is Le Quesnoy. This town was in German hands for almost all of the First World War, from August 1914, until the New

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  • Page 3 - Visiting Le QuesnoyJust 4 kilometres east of Beaudignies in northern France is Le Quesnoy. This town was in German hands for almost all of the First World War, from August 1914, until the New

Life in the 20th century

  • Page 3 – Time out

    As a modern society began to evolve in New Zealand in the early twentieth century, a new concept of 'leisure time' began to emerge

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  • Page 3 - Time outAs a modern society began to evolve in New Zealand in the early twentieth century, a new concept of 'leisure time' began to emerge

One hundred years of scenery preservation

  • Page 3 – Beautiful New Zealand

    Even before systematic colonisation began in 1840, New Zealand had been promoted in British publications as a wild, scenic, romantic wonderland – and a place of extremes

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  • Page 3 - Beautiful New ZealandEven before systematic colonisation began in 1840, New Zealand had been promoted in British publications as a wild, scenic, romantic wonderland – and a place of

The North Island main trunk line

  • Page 4 – Travelling by train

    For most second-class travellers, travelling the main trunk meant a long, sleepless journey on hard-backed seats, struggling to find 'elusive comfort with the NZR pillow'.

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  • Page 4 - Travelling by trainFor most second-class travellers, travelling the main trunk meant a long, sleepless journey on hard-backed seats, struggling to find 'elusive comfort with the NZR

Biographies

  • Hinerangi, Sophia

    Best known as ‘Guide Sophia’ she was the principal tourist guide of the famous Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana.

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