Saturday 27th - Left Christchurch and caught the TranzAlpine scenic train across Arthurs Pass to Greymouth on the west coast. It was a beautiful day and the scenery was stunning. Stopped at a place called Springfield (nothing like on the Simpsons) and got out to take some photos. It was about a 4 1/2 hour journey, going from the east to the west through the mountians and Arthurs Pass. There was a viewing carriage on the train so I went out there to get some photos. Went past Lake Sarah and got some photos of that. I'm still waiting to see a Lake Rachel (or even a Lake Adam) but no luck so far. It isn't fair, both Emma and Sarah have lakes and Dad has a village (Mt John village in Tekapo), so where is mine? Anyway I'm glad I went on the TranzAlpine train as it really is a brilliant journey with stunning scenery. Arrived at Greymount just before 1pm, then caught the Intercity bus to Punakaiki. I was staying at a hostel that was right on the beach. The reason I stayed in Punakaiki is because of the pancake rocks that they have here. The rocks appeared to be stacked like pancakes and as they are made of limestone they are easily corroded by the sea and erode into some really wierd shapes. They have names for some of the rock formations such as The Chimney Pot where water spurts out at high tide like steam, and also Putai which is a big hole in the rocks where again water spurts out from. After the rocks I went for a walk along the beach and at the far end was a big rock in the sea that reminded me of the Sphinx. But it then started to rain, so I quickly went back to the hostel and spent the evening curled up with a book. Sunday 28th - had a bit of a lie in as my bus to Nelson wasn't until 3pm. Had another look at the pancake rocks and then waited in the cafe until the bus arrived. Got into Nelson around 7.30pm and went to my hostel called Shortbread Cottage. It was a nice small hostel and the people in it were friendly. Got a chinese takeaway and watched some tv, then went to bed.