We are pleased to announce that the Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific trains will be returning to the tracks this spring and summer and the Tranz Alpine will resume services once we move to Covid- 19 Alert Level 1.
The Northern Explorer running between Auckland and Wellington will recommence its normal weekly timetable from Thursday 01 October.
The Coastal Pacific returns from Tuesday 13 October, running between Christchurch and Piction and returning the same day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The TranzAlpine running between Christchurch to Greymouth will resume service once we move to Covid-19 Level 1. It runs on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
Cook Strait ferry bookings and some daytours and bus routes are also open for sale. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries on 0800 143 669 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We understand that Covid-19 continues to add uncertainty in planning, and indeed all the train services rely on the country returning to Alert Level 1. Should there be cancellation of services due to Covid 19 restrictions, we will offer affected customers a transfer to an alternative date, a credit for 12 months, or a refund, regardless of the fare purchased less a $30 processing fee for the entire reservation.
Explore New Zealand's 15 unique geographical regions. See diverse natural beauty with its lakes, rivers, native rugged bush, the majestic volcanoes of the North Island's central plateau, the North Island skifields of Whakapapa and Turoa to the mountain peaks of the majestic Southern Alps, fiords of Milford and Doubtful Sounds, the great southern lakes, rivers, native rugged alpine bush and glaciers of the west coast of the South Island to the major South Island skifields of Mt Hutt, Queenstown and Wanaka using a national flexible 'Book As You Go' scenic coach, ferry, rail travel and sightseeing pass. You can travel at your own pace, giving you value for money travel.
RailBus Scenic Passes are designed for the independent traveler, families or small groups, who are travelling together on the same routes, to the same destinations and want to get the best out of their New Zealand holiday. Experience New Zealand's unique beauty with the benefits of train and coach travel to some of New Zealand's famous tourism regions and locations.
RailBus Scenic Passes allow you to travel on New Zealand's three long distance passenger train services between Auckland to Wellington, Christchurch to Picton and Christchurch to Greymouth, ferry sailings between Wellington and Picton, travel on bus and coach services from Paihia to Invercargill and any place in between including Mt Cook and Waitomo Caves plus selected sightseeing options in Paihia in the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and return coach travel between Queenstown and Milford Sound.
RailBus Scenic Passes do not include any accommodation, entrance fees, meals or Milford Sound boat cruise.
Reservations for train, bus & ferry services are compulsory and should be made as soon as possible to avoid dissapointment and no later than 48 Hours prior to travel date. 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.
NB: The ferry service included with a Bus Pass is Interisalnder only, BlueBridge Ferry services are at an additional cost, they are not included in the Bus Pass Hours.