Tranzalpine train: from Christchurch to Greymouth 

Got up real early for my 6:55am pick up from the YHA in Christchurch to head to the train station to take the Tranzalpine train! 

I was so excited! Like jumping about excited! 

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So I dumped my bag in the luggage carriage and headed to my seat. I was very lucky and got 2 seats to myself so I got a window seat, nice.

At 8:15am we were off.

Unfortunately, the day was super drizzly in the morning so it was pretty hard to see anything in the beginning. You’re provided with headphones, as there’s a commentary the whole way about the mountains and the surrounding land, the history and its purpose.

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By the time we hit the mountains, the rain had dried up and it was a beautiful blue sky, with a few low clouds around the mountain peaks. 

We stopped in Arthur’s pass, which is the middle of 3 passes in the mountains, this was to get a quick snap and to let off some passengers who were doing a day excursion.

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10 minutes and we were back on the way to Greymouth. 

(There is a cafe carriage in the trains, serves muffins, cookies, sandwiches, wraps, drink etc. And it’s all very yummy! Especially the banana and chocolate muffin!)

We passed old towns which had a population of 40ish people, and even a town with a population of 1 (how very lonely).

We continued on our journey, and the weather dramatically improved. The river was flowing so blue, and the mountains were so green!

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It was just so spectacular! We passed Lake Brunner which was just so beautiful. 

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I don’t know what else to say, apart from this journey just shows you how beautiful nature actually is.

The one thing is was expecting was snow on the mountain tops. But I guess it was just the wrong season.

Go do this journey. It’s expensive, but it’s so amazing. And it’s a nice way to get from east to west coast! 

Jess x

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