Christchurch - Greymouth on the TranzAlpine - one of the World's Great Train Journeys - Cab Ride
By Special Request for visiting German tourists, Jan, Martin and Nadja ... I met at 219 on John's Rd, Holiday Motor camp, Christchurch, recently in my first visit, since May 2012, to my former Red-zoned property and home in New Brighton.
And, I am sure Yasmeen will enjoy this special train ride - all 3 hours of it [ A little birdie told me purple is your favourite color... ] 8-)
I had had the good fortune to be one of the lucky applicants for an "Earthquake Break" holiday, chosen to travel across to the West Coast of South Island via the Tranz Alpine train in 2010, after the 4 September, 2010 7.1 Earthquake and although Kiwi rail were then using older rolling stock (carriages) the journey was a once in a life time experience, well worth the effort.
Coincidently, the featured cab ride view for more than 3 hour journey was provided by a German, and it should be pointed out that once the TranzAlpine leaves Christchurch it heads roughly south for a good 20 minutes or so before leaving the main line which carries on further south and then commences to make its way westwards towards the Southern Alps of the South Island eventually stopping briefly at Springfield [ see below photo],
after which impressive views await you as you cross the meandering Waimakariri River [ picture below] shortly after leaving Springfield.
Sit back and grab a cup of coffee, or a cup of Chai tea for the ladies, und fraulein, and be prepared for a great trip for free!
Link in the meantime until I can grab the video:
The Most Beautiful Train Journey in the World - NEW ZEALAND
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Across the Main Divide - TranzAlpine Journey . The 'Wild West Coast' of the South Island, New Zealand [October, 2010]
Westland/ Podocarp Rain Forest with snow-topped Southern Alps forming a back-drop
Lake Brunner-Westland, with snow covered Southern Alps forming a back-drop.