|Today we hopped on the train and headed west! We found a tour in town that was out to the west coast on a scenic train ride called the tranz alpine. Other than it being an extremely long day sitting on your ass, it was actually pretty interesting. We left christchurch at 8 am, and enjoyed our 5 hour ride to the west coast. It was supped to be 4 hour one way, but they were doing track repair, so we were held up a few time. We past through some pretty interesting country on the way. Starting out on the Canterbury plains, heading into the hills, then the mountains (high country as the locals call it, because it provides the best elements for raising merino wool sheep) then out tot the coast. We pass through 16 tunnels along the mountains portion of it. One tunnel was 8.3 km long and had a slope of 1:33. Over its length it has a height difference of 820ft. This is pretty unreal as the tunnel was started in 1907 and opened in 1923. Once we arrived in Greymouth, we had an hour to kill, so we decided it would be best spent at the Monteiths brewery. After a few beers we rushed back to the train and again had the 5 hour trip back to christchurch. We we got back there, we hit up a local pub for some food, then had the intention to go watch a fire works show, but the wind came up and it got quite cold so we packed it in.