Christchurch to Franz Josef

The TranzAlpine train was as wonderful as I had hoped! It was a beautiful 5 hour ride from Christchurch to Greymouth, and the only time in which I will stand for hours in order to get better views (from the open viewing car rather than my seat).

When we arrived in Greymouth it was raining, which didn’t bode well for our time in Franz Josef.  Franz Josef is a town just off the Franz Josef Glacier, so we had booked ourselves a glacier hike tomorrow morning, but if it’s raining and cloudy it is likely to be cancelled.

But since it was New Year’s Eve, we decided to treat ourselves tonight, and not think about tomorrow. We found a wonderful restaurant, that let us in before their reservations arrived.

And then we got ourselves a private glacier hot pool, to fully rest and recuperate from all our traveling.

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T’was a lovely and relaxing way to bring in 2017.

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