This post is a day late due to internet issues. We’ll make up for it with a double!
The weather continued to be fickle on our last day on the South Island. Greymouth is a lovely little town, but there’s not much to do in the CBD. We spent the morning walking by the beach & river, as well as visiting a couple of cafes before we were able to board the the train to Christchurch.
The TranzAlpine train is a lovely way to travel between the West Coast and Christchurch. It crosses through Arthur’s Pass along coal train routes. The cars have enough glass to see almost everything along the journey. The trip up from Greymouth is scenic enough. The rolling farms give way to the mountains.
Once you approach the Otira tunnel though, landscape takes a turn for the dramatic. Sweeping gorges and mountainscapes appear around every bend. A wild river flows beneath the tracks. The viewing car at the back of the train was packed.
We enjoyed not only the scenery but also the ability to relax, to read and knit or play Monopoly Deal (Ashley’s new favorite form of the classic). After driving for so many days the chance to be a passenger was nice.
We arrived in Christchurch and hunkered down in our hotel for the night. We fly to Rotorura the next day for our North Island Adventure. More pictures here.