Just a quick entry today...it was a long day, taking the train across the "Southern Alps" on the South Island. There had been snow forecast but we only saw some sleet on our way up to the pass. It was a pretty journey, with more good commentary en route. We made it all the way to Greymouth, on the Tasman Sea, where I had an hour to wander around the downtown and find some non-train-related sustenance. Then it was time to reverse the excursion. Unfortunately, it was a packed train and I was seated on the same side as the morning trip, so I escaped to the cafe car as often as I could and enjoyed just staring out the window at the rugged and sparse landscape.
Tomorrow is a long drive further south to Queenstown, and I've picked up a mild cold, so I'll cut this short and hopefully will have some pretty pictures to show tomorrow as my time in New Zealand starts to wind down.