State Highway 1 is open north of Kaikoura and we are pleased to announce bus service will return to this route from 18 December onwards. Services will operate daily morning and afternoon's in both directions between Picton and Christchurch, both of which will have Gold seat upgrades available.
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 Service Information: Due to work in the Otira Tunnel and other track maintenance, this train service will run between Christchurch and Arthurs Pass only and will be replaced by bus between Arthurs Pass and Greymouth on the following dates 07 May, 18 June, 30 July, 10 September, 15 October & 26 November 2018.
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.