The regional rail plan is visionary. It should have been built 10 years ago. It's much more pleasant to ride on a train than drive.....especially if you have to do it a lot.
But even better.....rail is a lot cheaper and faster than roads....to build and maintain.
The thing I like about rail - CBD to CBD Transport. Brussels to Amsterdam was so fast and easy, reasonably priced and from memory less then 2 hours.
Compared to the hassle of airports ....
And getting to Bruges was easy too.
I'd have to admit I have never done a long distance train trip in NZ. Thinking about doing one in November. AKL - WLG
you have to really like to travel by train to go by rail. $120 by train AKL to WLG . $49 by air.