Christchurch and the Tranz Alpine journey.

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The view from the window.

We had booked to go on the Tranz Alpine train journey that goes from Christchurch on the east coast of the south island to Greymouth on the west coast. We had been told that there is nothing much to see in Greymouth itself and so we booked a day return journey...We realised when we got on the train at 8am that it was a four and a half hour ride there and ....yup, a four and a half hour ride back! This was gonna be a long day we thought, but this train ride is meant to be one of the most scenic in the world, so we sat back and enjoyed the trip. The train makes the journey through the New Zealand Southern Alps and as there had been fresh snow the night before, we were in for a spectacular scene!

The train manager tells all about the journey on the way and points out places of intrest, tells about the history and gives interesting facts.

The Southern Alps.
We passed over 7 viaducts (which in New Zealand are basically rail bridges) which were really high, one of them was so high, Christchurch Cathederal would fit underneath with room to spare! The snow capped Alps were stunning and the view as we went through Arthur's Pass was amazing.

They were right about Greymouth, there is nothing there and it did not help that it was Labour Day, a public holiday in NZ, as most shops and cafes were closed (bloody typical innit?!). We managed to find a place to have a lovely lamb dinner before we had to get back on the train. The train journey was relaxing and very enjoyable and definatly worth doing, the view of the mountains was breathtaking.

A long day it was, but an enjoyable one, the Tranz Alpine certainly lives up to it's name.

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The view from the window.
The view from the window.
The Southern Alps.
The Southern Alps.
At Arthurs Pass.
At Arthurs Pass.
Greymouth
photo by: Mezmerized