Pamela Wade/ Stuff.co.nz

This is the closest you’ll get to the Hogwarts Express without going to Scotland.

A classic coal-fired steam engine pulling heritage carriages, the Marlborough Flyer is a splendid sight as she puffs along the track between Blenheim and Picton, whistling at level crossings.

Traffic stops beside the road as people tumble out of their cars to take photos and wave – but even better is to be riding on board.

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