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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The scenery in New Zealand is spectacular and hiring a rental car gives you the freedom to explore out of the way destinations at your own pace.

Driving in New Zealand is more stressful that catching a train or a bus and we want you to enjoy your time in New Zealand and stay safe on the roads. Understanding the New Zealand Road Code is important before setting off to your destination in your rental car.

We strongly recommend overseas customers view www.drivesafe.org.nz to ensure they drive safely on New Zealand roads.

Can I drive in New Zealand?

You must have your current and valid driver licence or driver permit with you at all times when you’re driving. If your overseas licence or driver permit is not in English, you must also carry an accurate English translation issued by:

  • a translation service approved by the NZ Transport Agency (a list is available at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/licence/residents-visitors/translators.html), or
    a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or
    the authority that issued your overseas licence.
    An International Driving Permit (issued in accordance with a United Nations Convention on Road Traffic) is acceptable as a translation

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