State Highway 1 is open north of Kaikoura and we are pleased to announce bus service will return to this route from 18 December onwards. Services will operate daily morning and afternoon's in both directions between Picton and Christchurch, both of which will have Gold seat upgrades available.
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.
TranzAlpine Service Information: Due to work in the Otira Tunnel and other track maintenance, this train service will run between Christchurch and Arthurs Pass only and will be replaced by bus between Arthurs Pass and Greymouth on the following dates 07 May, 18 June, 30 July, 10 September, 15 October & 26 November 2018.
Join this InterCity excursion to a beautiful farm in rural Matamata which was used as the film set for "The Shire" as seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the upcoming Hobbit movies.
On a two hour guided tour of the film set you will get the chance to view Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures that were created for the films and learn about how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.
- InterCity bus travel from Auckland
- Time at leisure briefly to explore the rural town of Matamata
- Two hour guided tour of The Shire film set including Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, the Mill, the Party Tree and much more
- Following the tour, bus travel to Rotorua
free wifi iconFree WiFi available on board.
Please note that coach travel is onboard our scheduled InterCity services and does not include commentary.