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.
Discover the beautiful Bay of Islands on a full-day tour, including an afternoon cruise on its sheltered waters.
Return bus travel from Auckland to Paihia
Dolphin cruise to Cape Brett
Departing central Auckland, your tour will take you across the Harbour Bridge and north through scenic New Zealand countryside to the seaside township of Paihia in the Bay of Islands. This historic and strikingly beautiful region is known as the birthplace of New Zealand.
In Paihia, the crew of the Fullers GreatSights 'Dolphin Seeker' will welcome you on board. This purpose-built catamaran is licensed by the Department of Conservation for dolphin and whale encounters.
Set off on a Bay of Islands cruise, enjoying stunning views of the region's many islands as you head out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the famous Hole in the Rock (conditions permitting). Throughout your cruise your skipper will keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life, and where possible get up close to these playful creatures. After docking back at the pier in Paihia, you'll be met by your driver for the return trip to Auckland by coach.
free wifi iconFree WiFi available on board bus
Please note that coach travel is onboard our scheduled InterCity services and does not include commentary.