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.
Escape the big smoke and discover the magical Waitomo Caves on this great value return day trip from Auckland. Travelling south from Auckland, this full day Waitomo Caves tour will take you on a journey through the lush and rolling countryside of the Waikato and King Country regions, giving you a taste of rural New Zealand.
At the Waitomo Caves you'll meet your knowledgeable local guide, who will give you a tour of the caves including commentary on their fascinating geological and cultural history. Formed over 30 million years ago, the caves are a natural wonder and are easily accessible by both young and old.
Highlights of your 45-minute Waitomo Caves tour include the awe-inspiring Cathedral - a cavern 18 metres high with wonderful natural acoustics, and the enchanting Glowworm Grotto, which you'll experience by boat. With thousands of sparkling glowworms spread across the ceiling like a blanket of stars this is a peaceful and magical experience that's hard to beat.
At the end of the boat ride you will emerge into a picturesque setting of native New Zealand bush before following a short trail back up to the Waitomo Caves visitor complex. Here you can take in the views and enjoy lunch (own expense), before returning to Auckland in the afternoon.