We had another whistle stop city tour - Christchurch this time. It really was a shock to see such a lot of building sites still, after the destructive chain of earthquakes from 2010-2011.
What's left is built on hope and determination, with many spaces filled with modern art, the amazing cardboard cathedral built to provide a temporary replacement for the destroyed city cathedral and the 'best playground in the world' as voted by the children!
The following morning was an early start to get the 8.15 trans-alpine express train to Greymouth. It's claim as one of the greatest train journeys of the world didn't disappoint, and the East side and through Arthur's Pass was magical.
The train has an outdoor viewing platform and cafe on-board so the 4 hour trip went by in a heartbeat.
The west side of the journey brought rain, which hasn't stopped since we arrived in Greymouth and travelled south 150 miles (by car now) to the Franz Joseph Glacier which we hope to see tomorrow (although visibility at the moment makes it look unlikely). It looks like a labour day weekend here brings the same weather as a bank holiday weekend at home! We did make it out for a quick walk through the rainforest before dinner as we all needed some exercise after so much travel in one day.
I've now lost Dave to the bar to watch New Zealand play rugby against Australia - I can hear it from our room! Fingers crossed the cloud shifts for tomorrow. 🤞