COASTAL PACIFIC UPDATE
Work is continuing at pace on the reinstatement of the Main North Line following November’s Kaikoura earthquake. Parts of the line are open for freight goods and crews are working fast in both directions but higher safety standards and ongoing seismic events mean that passenger services will be delayed longer than freight. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Coastal Pacific will operate this summer season (September 2017-April 2018).
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.
Milford Sound is undoubtedly one of the world's most spectacular natural phenomenon and the journey along the 295km Milford Road is equally impressive.
Now with our limited availability InterCity tours you can discover this amazing region on a great value day trip from Te Anau.
Tours deaprt daily with our modern comfortable coaches and include informative and entertaining commentary local and experienced guides, plus you'll have plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos along the way.
Upon arrival in Milford Sound you'll join the crew of Southern Discoveries and enjoy a 1 3/4 hour scenic cruise aboard the most modern and comfortable cruising experience in Milford Sound. The experienced crew delivers a full, informative commentary on the natural history and wildlife of the area and the large top deck provides for amazing viewing and panoramic photo opportunities.
Translation sheets are provided in Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Korean and Mandarin. Large covered seating areas and viewing windows are located on other levels.
Milford Sound receives and average of 182 days of rain every year making it one of the wettest places in New Zealand. The rain creates many impressive waterfalls and is flanked by lush rain forests clinging precariously to the cliffs, some rising 1,200 metres or more from the sea.
Dolphins are regularly spotted playing in the wake of the large catamarans as they cruise to the head of the fiord and the Tasman Sea and seals and penguins are also resident in waters around Milford Sound.
Following the cruise, you'll rejoin your driver and return to Te Anau by the early evening.
- Coach tour from Te Anau
- Photo opportunities at Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Christie Falls and The Chasm
- Glass roof coaches for optimal viewing
- Milford Sound 1 3/4hr Scenic Cruise
- Mitre Peak rising 1,692 metres high
- Cascading waterfalls & native wildlife
- Spacious, modern catamarans - the only ones in Milford Sound
- Large viewing decks
Free WiFi available on board