14.08.2011 - 14.08.2011 0 °C
Randomly met a couple in Franz Josef at the pub during happy hour. We got talking, explaining that we're heading to Greymouth for a ride across the South Island on the train. The girl came from Greymouth and works in a cafe there - told us to go and ask after her boss, Julie. So we did! Two double eggs benedict later and some free sausage rolls for the journey and Julie saw us right! Amazing goodwill! We have to say that wherever we've been in NZ, the service has always been with a smile - people generally interested in your day and take time to talk, without compromising service for others.
Sad to hand back the 4 x 4, however was the right choice to take the train. The weather was indeed starting to close in and it was snowing lightly during the trip. The train goes through the mountains, up tunnels, round cliff edges and through deep gorges - really quite spectacular. Arrived in Christchurch to the impending weather panic.... we're safe and warm and that's what counts.