Taking a break from driving for once, Harold and I ditched our well-used car for a scenic journey by train. With two tickets in hand, we hopped aboard the TranzAlpine ready to sit back and enjoy the view.
Starting from Christchurch, the rail makes nine stops along the way until it reaches the small town of Greymouth. Passing through some of the prettiest parts of South Island, we saw sheep munching in the Canterbury Plains, the partially frozen river of Waimakariri, and finally the lightly dusted Southern Alps.
Food on board was limited to light snacks and beverages. There’s also an open air observation carriage where you can hang onto the railing while the train goes over a deep gorge. It gets quite windy outside so I wouldn’t recommend bringing the soft drinks or butter chicken pies out here.
All in all, it was a nice getaway trip that can be easily done in less than 12 hours. The whole four seasons in a day could not have been any more true either. We left that morning with clouds overhead and headed into rain halfway through, which turned into clumps of snow, and finally melted away to warm sunshine and bright rays. A sunblock-dispensing umbrella seems appropriate on this type of kiwi horizon. Yea naw?