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.
Take a journey into Middle-earth with a full day tour from Christchurch to a key Lord of the Rings filming location.
Setting out from Christchurch, we travel via four-wheel drive to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station. Here, peaceful Mt Sunday was transformed into Edoras, home to the Riders of Rohan in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
On your guided walk you'll learn how the set was built on top of sheer cliffs, see exclusive photos from the film set's construction, and enjoy the awe-inspiring 360-degree views from the summit (just like Eowyn did in the movies!). As you take in the pristine beauty and breathe in the crisp mountain air, you'll understand why the actors and crew fell in love with this stunning location.
During your tour you'll also see the famed Misty Mountains and the area which formed the backdrop to the terrifying battle of Helm's Deep, while enjoying informative and entertaining commentary from your local guide. An appetising champagne picnic lunch is included. Your tour concludes in Christchurch.
Useful tips: Your four-wheel drive vehicle is powered by 100% bio diesel, helping keep New Zealand's environment clean and green. Please advise at time of booking if infants are travelling.
Full day tour
Departs and returns: Rolleston Avenue
Exciting four-wheel drive adventure
Stand on the summit of 'Edoras'
Misty Mountains and Helm's Deep filming locations
Champagne picnic lunch
Notes: Please advise at time of booking if infants are travelling