Lauren and David in New Zealand and Fiji 2007-2008 travel blog




Another early start for us today, as we had a car transfer pick us up at 7:15 a.m. to take us to the Christchurch Train Depot, for our 8:15 Tranz Alpine train to Greymouth. The train ride was 4 hours through rolling hillsides, mountains, tunnels, and amazingly high viaducts. David kicked my butt in gin for about 2 hours, so Dr. Lou I am counting on you to make up for it for me when we get home. We also had a very loud German family next to us, and I discovered that it's my least favorite languages to listen to (no offense to any of you who have some German blood) but overall it was a beautiful and relaxing ride.

Upon arriving in Greymouth, we got our rental car and ate lunch at a local brewery. We met a couple also on their honeymoon from Colorado and enjoyed sharing what to do and what not to do stories with one another. They were also the first American couple we have seen since arriving in New Zealand. Jumped into the car and headed south for the 2 ½ hour ride to Fox Glacier.

David gets an A+ on driving, as he has truly mastered the art of driving on the wrong side of the road on the wrong side of the car through amazingly windy and narrow mountain roads. Only thing he needs work on is remembering which side of the car to get in on...happens 9.9 times out of 10 and I just can't seem to stop laughing when he does it. Oh yeah, and he needs to learn that in New Zealand the light that shows a coffee mug on the dashboard means to rest because you have been driving too long, not "Oh $^#&*$# the car is over-heating".

This town is small...the hotel is just ok...but we knew heading here there would be close to nothing to do here, as they thrive on glacier trips which we are doing tomorrow. I went for a run, it took me about 30 minutes to lap the entire town 5's that small...

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