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.
Join this InterCity excursion to a beautiful farm in rural Matamata which was used as the film set for "The Shire" as seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the upcoming Hobbit movies.
On a two hour guided tour of the film set you will get the chance to view Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures that were created for the films and learn about how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.
- InterCity bus travel from Auckland
- Time at leisure briefly to explore the rural town of Matamata
- Two hour guided tour of The Shire film set including Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, the Mill, the Party Tree and much more
- Following the tour, bus travel to Rotorua
free wifi iconFree WiFi available on board.
Please note that coach travel is onboard our scheduled InterCity services and does not include commentary.