The Marlborough Flyer billows black smoke while chugging along the Para Wetlands and Wairau River Valley. The red, wooden-bodied train carriages were built in 1909 and 1912. These vintage train cars are comfortable and afford great views of the scenery as it whizzes by your window. The most exhilarating experience, however, is standing on the open platform. This position lets you feel the vibrations and the wind on your face.