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Christchurch, Day 3

Train ride

semi-overcast 26 °C
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Today was our journey across New Zealand on the Tranz Alpine Railway. We had to get up early and be at the train station at 7:45 a.m. but it was so worth it. What a spectacular journey in so many ways. The train cars were specially designed for this journey and extremely comfortable, offering viewing from every angle. The scenery was incredible and along the way we listened to a commentary about the history, geology, geography and way of life of this part of New Zealand. We travelled across the Canterbury plains into the highlands where we crossed huge sheep stations, then deep gorges and rivers and through the southern Alps. We left Christchurch at 8:15 and arrived in Greymouth on the west coast at 1 pm. Our return journey departed at 2 and we were back in Christchurch just before 7 pm. I am including some photos but they just don’t do justice to the magnificent landscapes. Here is a map of our route. 76C4EE24-96F3-40AF-9757-234CA16A6A93.jpeg. This is the exterior of one of the rail cars 934AFE1A-1216-439C-929E-1C032125CEA8.jpeg Here is the interior of the rail car with Avis taking in the view. B706BE31-5EE2-4265-B35F-5E153F166734.jpegHere are some scenery pictures 99A05995-2081-4C59-8A0A-E2951E70AB27.jpegB4023FBE-FB62-46D4-852E-769CBBE4025A.jpeg2DB8890F-FA1D-4629-8BEE-759F2DB53BE0.jpeg
Tonight we are packing up and we leave tomorrow for Oamaru. Here is Avis’s comment for the day “due to the rain and moisture in the air our skin is youthful and dewy but the hair is another story. But we are still having fun.”thanks for your comments.

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Oh I am sooooo envious! That train trip looks amazing. Ok I have now put that trip as #1 on my list of things to do on “Cathy’s Excellent Kiwi Adventure “when I get there. Yahooo!

by Cathy Norrie

What an amazing way to see the landscapes! You look great Avis, hair and all! Only 3 days in and you have already seen a lot. Enjoy! Colleen

by Colleen

Love travelling by train It looks relaxing and the scenery sounds diverse thanks for the post

by Alice

Just starting and you have covered many areas of transportation. Great journey already!

by Marilyn heffernan

Looks like a fabulous trip and you two are doing it in style. Love the idea of the epic train trip. Enjoy every minute!

by Mavis Wheatcroft

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