State Highway 1 Reopens 18 December

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.

 

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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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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.

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