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.
Step behind the silver screen and get a unique look at the making of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies on a guided tour of Wellington’s famous Weta Workshop.
Founded in 1987, Weta Workshop has created the unique special effects, costumes, creatures, props and makeup effects for dozens of TV and movie productions, including Sir Peter Jackson’s award-winning Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Set off in the morning to the suburb of Miramar where it all began and take a guided tour through a special section of Weta Workshop, where crew members will tell the story of the innovative Weta creative process and show the props and models they have crafted.
During your tour you’ll see Weta artists at work on the tour stage, watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes film featuring movie secrets and interviews with Weta’s founders, and visit the famous Weta Cave shop with its huge range of unique collectibles and movie merchandise.
At the end of your Weta Workshop experience, travel back along the Miramar Peninsula and Wellington harbour to downtown Wellington, arriving in the early afternoon.
Other Weta tour time options
9am Weta Cave Workshop tour
12pm Weta Cave Workshop tour
1.30pm Weta Cave Workshop tour
Take a trip into the world of the silver screen with a tour inside the famous Weta Workshop, where movie magic is made.