We are pleased to advise that InterCity buses are returning to Kaikoura for the first time since the devastating November 14 earthquake.
South Island locals and international visitors will this week be able to visit Kaikoura by bus again for the first time since last year's earthquake.
From Thursday, InterCity's daily bus services between Christchurch and Kaikoura will resume, travelling via the reopened State Highway 1.
Service 8728 will depart Christchurch at 7am, arriving in Kaikoura at 9.40am. Service 8727 will depart Kaikoura at 3.50pm and arrive in Christchurch at 6.25pm.
Buses will also stop at towns and communities along the route, including Cheviot and Amberley.
"We're delighted to be able to help reconnect Kaikoura with the rest of the South Island," says Sam Peate, InterCity Group general manager - coachlines and Auckland tourism.
"Restoring services to Kaikoura was a priority for us to ensure we can serve the local community and share this beautiful part of New Zealand with our international visitors."
 
Destination Kaikoura general manager Glenn Ormsby says InterCity's reinstated services will help show visitors that Kaikoura is back on the map and can be included in South Island itineraries.
"The timetables mean visitors can enjoy Kaikoura's key attractions, including whale and dolphin encounters, and stay the night before returning to Christchurch," he said.
InterCity bus services between Kaikoura and Picton remain cancelled due to road conditions
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Scenic Rail Freedom Pass

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All Rail Passes are currently unavailable for sale due to The Coastal Pacific which is is currently out of service due to the recent earthquake in Kaikoura.  Please check bus schedules for alternative options.  Details on the Coastal Pacific will be updated as they come to hand.

Scenic Rail Freedom Pass is available for travel on all 3 train services and ferry travel
Valid 23 September 2016 to 30 April 2017

If you‘re not sure when you’d like to travel, the Freedom Pass is for you. A Scenic Rail Freedom Pass is a flexible ‘Book As You Go’ travel pass that allows you to travel on New Zealand’s 3 long distance passenger train services between Auckland and Wellington, Picton to Christchurch, Christchurch to Greymouth and ferry sailing/s between the North and South Islands by purchasing the number of ‘Travel’ days you want to use and travel whenever it suits, for up to 12 months from the date of purchase. Passes can be booked up to 12 months in advance and are valid for 12 months from date of first travel.

Scenic Rail Freedom Pass is ideal for 1 week to 12 month stay in New Zealand.Scenic Rail Freedom Pass is suited for the independent traveller, families or small groups, who are travelling together on the same routes, to the same destinations.

Reservations for train service should be made at least 24 Hours prior to travel date to secure you a seat on the train.  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.

Pass Type Adult Child
3 Day Scenic Rail Freedom Pass NZ$439.00 NZ$307.00 Buy Now
4 Day Scenic Rail Freedom Pass NZ$579.00 NZ$405.00 Buy Now
5 Day Scenic Rail Freedom Pass NZ$719.00 NZ$503.00 Buy Now
6 Day Scenic Rail Freedom Pass NZ$838.00 NZ$587.00 Buy Now
7 Day Scenic Rail Freedom Pass NZ$969.00 NZ$678.00 Buy Now
8 Day Scenic Rail Freedom Pass NZ$1089.00 NZ$762.00 Buy Now
9 Day Scenic Rail Freedom Pass NZ$1199.00 NZ$839.00 Buy Now
10 Day Scenic Rail Freedom Pass NZ$1299.00 NZ$909.00 Buy Now

Scenic Rail Fixed Pass - High Season

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All Rail Passes are currently unavailable for sale due to The Coastal Pacific which is is currently out of service due to the recent earthquake in Kaikoura.  Please check bus schedules for alternative options.  Details on the Coastal Pacific will be updated as they come to hand.

High Season Fares are valid on all 3 trains Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific, TranzAlpine and ferry travel
Valid 23 September – 30 April 2017

Choose a fixed term pass for 7, 14 or 21 days and get unlimited travel on all 3 long distance scenic train services, as well as the Interislander ferry. This is perfect if you want to explore over 1-3 weeks, and want to be able to use the train on any of these days. Fixed term pass travel days commence from the start date specified when purchasing, and you can book your trips via email or by phoning us. To ensure there’s a seat for you, you’ll need to book 24 hours prior to travelling.

Reservations for train service should be made at least 24 Hours prior to travel date to secure you a seat on the train.  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.

Pass Type Adult Child
7 Day Scenic Rail Fixed High Season Pass NZ$629.00 NZ$442.00 Buy Now
14 Day Scenic Rail Fixed High Season Pass NZ$729.00 NZ$523.00 Buy Now
21 Day Scenic Rail Fixed High Season Pass NZ$829.00 NZ$589.00 Buy Now

Scenic Rail Fixed Pass - Low Season

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Low Season Fares are valid on 2 trains Northern Explorer & TranzAlpine only
Valid 02 May 2016 – 30 September 2016     Valid 01 May 2017 – 29 September 2017

Choose a fixed term pass for 7, 14 or 21 days and get unlimited travel on long distance scenic train services. This is perfect if you want to explore over 1-3 weeks, and want to be able to use the train on any of these days. Fixed term pass travel days commence from the start date specified when purchasing, and you can book your trips via email or by phoning us. To ensure there’s a seat for you, you’ll need to book 24 hours prior to travelling.

Reservations for train service should be made at least 24 Hours prior to travel date to secure you a seat on the train.  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.

 

Pass Type Adult Child
7 Day Scenic Rail Fixed Low Season Pass NZ$339.00 NZ$238.00 Buy Now