After having read the rave reviews about the train trip we booked a return day ticket and we were not impressed with the ride nor the scenery. While the booking process was easy and the seats were comfortable but truly, anyone who has seen the real Alps or the Rockies will not be impressed at all by the size, the views or the vistas afforded on the trip. The train traveled at a very slow pace and was over an hour late in arriving to Greymouth and to Christchurch. Frankly, it was a real bore and there was absolutely nothing to see in Greymouth. Very disappointing.