Latest update regarding the Coastal Pacific


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.



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InterCity Milford Sound Day Tour + Cruise ex Queenstown
InterCity Milford Sound Day Tour + Cruise ex Queenstown ICZMZ (0720-1945)

Milford Sound is undoubtedly one of the world's most spectacular natural phenomena, and the journey along the 295km Milford Road through Fiordland National Park is equally impressive.

Now with our limited availability InterCity tours you can discover this amazing region on a great value day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound and back. Tours depart daily on our modern comfortable buses and include informative and entertaining commentary from experienced local guides, as well as a Milford Sound cruise.

Travel past snowy mountaintops and along glacier valleys and through the Homer Tunnel, with plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos along the way. Admire the picture-perfect reflections at Mirror Lakes and walk over footbridges above gushing waterfalls at The Chasm.

Milford Sound Cruise

After your scenic bus trip, join the crew of Southern Discoveries for a 2 hour scenic cruise around Milford Sound. You'll see breathtaking scenery including waterfalls, lush rainforest and steep rocky cliffs as you travel along the fiord towards the Tasman Sea. Dolphins are regularly spotted playing in the wake of the boats, and seals and penguins are also frequent visitors.

During your cruise the crew will entertain you with commentary on the natural history and wildlife of the area, and the large top deck allows amazing viewing and panoramic photo opportunities. Large covered seating areas and viewing windows are located on other levels. Translation sheets are provided in Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Korean and Mandarin.

Tour includes

  • Bus tour from Queenstown
  • Photo opportunities at Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Christie Falls and The Chasm
  • Glass roof buses for optimal viewing
  • Milford Sound 2 hour scenic cruise
  • Mitre Peak rising 1,692 metres high
  • Cascading waterfalls and native wildlife
  • Spacious, modern catamarans – the only ones in Milford Sound
  • free wifi iconFree WiFi available on board


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