Not sure to be disappointed or not. We got a phone call from kiwirail the night before advising of the first half from Greymouth would be by bus to Arthurs Pass the rest by the train. W were assigned seats on the train (good so you don't have to fight any pushy person - NZ has lots of PRC citizens). Food and beverage car (courteous and professional staff) in the middle of the train and an open air standing only observation car at the rear. The trip took the same amount of time as it were all the way by train. Awesome scenery.
It was never explained what was causing the change but others i spoke to say it has been going on for awhile. Anyway kiwirail is unpredictable so be prepared for any transport means and don't get too uptight if there is a change. Remember this is rated as one of the world's best train rides.
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