Latest update regarding the Coastal Pacific

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.

 

 

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Scenic Rail Freedom Pass

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.

Scenic Rail Freedom Pass

Scenic Rail Fixed Pass - Low Season

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.

 

Scenic Rail Fixed Pass - Low Season

Scenic Rail Fixed Pass - High Season

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.

Scenic Rail Fixed Pass - High Season

Bus Flexi Pass

InterCity FlexiPass® is an hours-based bus pass designed for backpackers and independent travellers who want to experience the real New Zealand. Go where you want, when you want and see the New Zealand your own way, travelling alongside Kiwis and visitors alike.

Explore New Zealand with a Flexipass 'Hop On/Hop Off' bus and ferry pass that allows you to travel on New Zealand's largest scenic coach passenger travel network and Cook Strait ferry sailings between the North and South Islands all year around.

With Flexipass, you can travel in any direction, at any time on the combined national and regional bus and coach networks of InterCity Coachlines, Newmans Coachlines and Great Sights - with its premier sightseeing services everyday!

Flexipass is based on every travel 'Hour' used. Since every travel 'Hour' is discounted, so you will be saving money, as you travel.

Your Flexipass lets you take advantage of Great Sights sightseeing tours in Paihia (Bay of Islands), Rotorua, Mt Cook, Milford Sound and city sightseeing tours in Auckland and Rotorua.

Flexipass is sold in blocks of travel 'Hours', allowing you to travel on regular InterCity, Newmans bus and coach services or any Great Sights sightseeing journeys or a mixture of both, in any direction as many times as your hours allow. If you run out of travel 'Hours', you can 'Top Up' your Flexipass with additional travel 'Hours' online or by calling us.

Flexipass does not guarantee a seat on any service unless you have made travel sector/s reservation/s at least 4 hours before departure time by calling the Flexipass Service Centre tollfree national phone number.

With Flexipass, you can change your travel plans up to 2 hours before departure time without incurring penalties. If you cancel your journey up to 2 hours before departure and you will be refunded 100% of your travel 'Hours' back.

Flexipass is valid for 12 months from the date of your first travel sector booking, so you can stay for a while at any destination and travel when you please.

Your Flexipass covers all of your travel components. When you book advise Flexipass Service Centre which of the sights and optional extras ( for the entrance fees, boat cruises, scenic flights, meals etc) you'd like to take part in and will be charged your credit/debit/prepaid card.

Tours that can be used with your Flexipass

    Bay of Island Day Tour
    Milford Sound Day Tour (Milford Sound Cruise is additional)
    Rotorua Morning Sightseeing Tour
    Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach Day Tour
    Waitomo Caves Day Tour (Guided tour of the Caves additional)
    Mount Cook Day Tour
    Auckland Morning Sightseeing Tour

Flexipass can not be used on bus/coach services that are operated by private contracted bus operators.

Top Ups for Flexipass are available in 3 Hour or 10 Hour lots. Top Ups are for your existing Flexipass only and will not extend your Flexipass expiry date.

Please note each traveller needs his or her own pass.

Bus Flexi Pass