The train leaves Christchurch at 8.15 am.
and you travel across the flat plains...I didn't realise that the Canterbury Plains are NZ's largest area of flat land...750,000 hectares!!!
The train follows the Waimakariri River, a beautiful braided river. The colour of the water is often an intense turquoise blue but because of flooding it was a bit muddied.
cold and frosty with mountain views.
we journeyed through the tussock land and dry beech forests, Arthurs Pass is the South Island's highest altitude settlement at 737m above sea level.
We got very close to the rocks at times, a bit disconcerting!!
We had a very happy day, Greymouth on the West Coast is a historic gold mining town, time for lunch then it was back on the train and back to Christchurch arrived about 6.30 pm. a lot of knitting was done and the soothing motion of the train and no driving or traffic concerns made for a relaxing journey.
There were various stops along the way where passengers could disembark and spend the day then catch the train again on the way home. We chose to go from coast to coast but another time would like to stop at Lake Brunner or maybe Arthurs Pass and do some of the bush walks.