Due to unscheduled maintenance between Blenheim and Picton, our train is unable to travel on a small section of the line while repairs take place. We are very pleased to advise that the Coastal Pacific service will go ahead as planned however a 25-minute portion of your journey, between Blenheim & Picton, will be replaced by Bus.
If you are starting your journey from Picton, you are able to check in at the train station as usual and will be advised by train staff on the location of our private bus transfer.
For those doing a day return from Christchurch, you will have your break time in Blenheim. The station is in the centre of town, so lots of time to explore.
A hidden gem near the township of Matamata, the Hobbiton Movie Set is a world-famous film location of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.
See Hobbit Holes, stroll through the lush gardens, and learn how this private farm became Middle-earth.You'll be expertly guided as you stroll around the set - stand in the doorway of a Hobbit Hole, see where Bilbo and Frodo lived, and top off your day with a complimentary beer, ale, cider, or ginger beer at The Green Dragon Inn.
Useful Tip: A complimentary pick-up and drop-off service is provided from various inner-city hotels.
Free WiFi available on board