Awoke to rain. Had breakfast at The Landing Restaurant. All packed up and left about 8.30am. We wanted to make sure we passed the landslide before rush hour. We got to the traffic control near Whataroa and had to wait around 30mins while they were working to shift debris from the landslidelast week. It was 40m long and 3-4m deep. They were working hard in the pouring rain to shift it. It will take time there is so much of it.
Arrived at Greymouth and found somewhere for lunch. It was okay, nothing special, after a ridiculous amount of time we waited for it. I am longing for a jacket potato. I haven’t seen one on the menu since we left home. You can’t get slimline tonic either. Very strange.
Said goodbye to our car and pushed luggage across the road to the train station for checking in. We were a little late boarding but eventually the train set off at 2.05pm. Pouring with rain we couldn’t see much. Entered a tunnel and emerged the other end to sunshine, nearing Arthur’s Pass. Very bizarre. It made such a difference to the journey.
Arrived in Christchurch very tired and a little behind schedule. Luggage collection was interesting but we didn’t have any problems. My case was one of the first to come off and we saw it on the conveyor while we were still on the train.
Our shuttle was waiting for us and the 3.5km to the hotel was quick. The hotel is basic but okay for one night.
Again, we should have had an extra night so we could explore Christchurch. We found a nice restaurant by Cathedral Square. It was windy and cold by now. This restaurant had portable heaters and blankets. We had almost finished our meal when the wind really was in danger of damaging the awning we were under. Our waiter (who is a cyclist and knows about these things) said we should move indoors as there was going to be a storm. I have never finished a meal so quickly. We had to walk back to the hotel and didn’t want to get wet so did a quick dash back. He was right as it started to pour once we were safely back at our hotel.
Drink in the bar, then sort our cases out for our flight to Singapore tomorrow.