Latest update regarding the Coastal Pacific & the TranzAlpine

 

COASTAL PACIFIC UPDATE

Work is continuing at pace on the reinstatement of the Main North Line following November’s Kaikoura earthquake. Parts of the line are open for freight goods and crews are working fast in both directions but higher safety standards and ongoing seismic events mean that passenger services will be delayed longer than freight. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Coastal Pacific will operate this summer season (September 2017-April 2018).

The Coastal Pacific will be back to service as early as possible for the 2018/2019 season and it is hoped the season will be extended if possible. This could mean an earlier start date than September 2018. We will continue to keep you updated as a return to service date becomes clearer. In the meantime we can book coach transportation for you between Picton and Christchurch.

TRANZALPINE UPDATE

The Midland train line between Christchurch and Greymouth will be out of action for at least six weeks following a 300ha fire in a remote part of the South Island over the weekend.

The TranzAlpine is now cancelled until 20 March 2017

Full refunds are being offered as well as replacement bus services which if accepted you will receive a 50% refund off your fare paid.

BUS REPLACEMENTS

As the road was not damaged, bus replacements are available for affected passengers. This bus will depart from the Christchurch and Greymouth Railway Stations on the same timetable as TranzAlpine currently operates.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

  • Full refunds will be offered to all affected passengers who chose to cancel and make their own arrangements.
  • A 50% refund will be offered for those that choose to travel on the bus replacement.

Please contact us with your booking reference number to request cancellation.

We will keep you updated if any of the above circumstances change. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

 

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Rail Bus Passes

All Rail Passes are currently unavailable for sale due to The Coastal Pacific which is is currently out of service due to the recent earthquake in Kaikoura.  Please check bus schedules for alternative options.  Details on the Coastal Pacific will be updated as they come to hand.

Explore New Zealand's 15 unique geographical regions. See diverse natural beauty with its lakes, rivers, native rugged bush, the majestic volcanoes of the North Island's central plateau, the North Island skifields of Whakapapa and Turoa to the mountain peaks of the majestic Southern Alps, fiords of Milford and Doubtful Sounds, the great southern lakes, rivers, native rugged alpine bush and glaciers of the west coast of the South Island to the major South Island skifields of Mt Hutt, Queenstown and Wanaka using a national flexible 'Book As You Go' scenic coach, ferry, rail travel and sightseeing pass. You can travel at your own pace, giving you value for money travel.

RailBus Scenic Passes are designed for the independent traveler, families or small groups, who are travelling together on the same routes, to the same destinations and want to get the best out of their New Zealand holiday. Experience New Zealand's unique beauty with the benefits of train and coach travel to some of New Zealand's famous tourism regions and locations.

RailBus Scenic Passes allow you to travel on New Zealand's three long distance passenger train services between Auckland to Wellington, Christchurch to Picton and Christchurch to Greymouth, ferry sailings between Wellington and Picton, travel on bus and coach services from Paihia to Invercargill and any place in between including Mt Cook and Waitomo Caves plus selected sightseeing options in Paihia in the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and return coach travel between Queenstown and Milford Sound.

RailBus Scenic Passes do not include any accommodation, entrance fees, meals or Milford Sound boat cruise.

RailBus Passes are valid for travel from from 23 September 2016 to 30 April 2017

Reservations for train, bus or ferry services should be made at least 24 Hours prior to travel date to secure you a seat.  Reservations are subject to availability and can be made by contacting our New Zealand Travel Team.

Please note each traveller needs his or her own pass.

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