Day 92. The TransAlpine Railway
We left Punakaiki and headed South to the small mining town of Greymouth for lunch.
We had a bit of time to kill before catching our afternoon train so had a scenic stop at Lake Moana for a stretch of the legs. We even managed to finally spot a range in bird in the trees... the one time I dodgy have my camera!
In the little town of Arthur's Pass, we finally got a chance to watch Kea. We saw them bruegky from the bus last week, but this time we could spend time with it. Kea are the world's only Alpine Parrot. They are also known for being particularly cheeky (and not at all shy!), and often steel any food they can find, even from within the tour bus! They look relatively plain from the outside but the minute they open their wings there is a beautiful flash of red.
From Arthur's Pass we boarded the TransAlpine railway, a beautiful scenic railway linking the East to the West and the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. We had fabulous views of the surrounding mountains and followed the Waimakariri river down the valley towards Christchurch.
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