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.
See the best of Auckland city, explore the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and visit leading attractions in Rotorua for one great price.
Day 1 – Auckland City Sights Afternoon Tour
Departs 2:30pm, returns 5:30pm
From bustling streets to panoramic harbour views, spend a morning getting to know Auckland city's scenic highlights. Travel through the city centre and fashionable Ponsonby to the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline. Visit the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland's famous Queen Street before continuing to the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park.
Enjoy a short break for afternoon tea (own expense) in Parnell Village, where historic buildings have been transformed into a boutique shopping experience, then take a trip along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park. From this tranquil point you can look out over the picturesque Eastern Bays, Auckland city and the sparkling Waitemata Harbour, before returning along the waterfront to downtown Auckland.
Day 2 – Waitomo Caves Tour and Rotorua Attractions
Departs 7:30am, returns 8:10pm
Experience glowworms, world-famous limestone formations, Maori culture and geothermal wonders on this full-day sightseeing tour. Travel into the King Country in the heart of the North Island for a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Over 45 minutes you'll explore underground caverns and see amazing limestone stalactites and stalagmites, all formed millions of years ago. Travel by boat beneath a canopy of twinkling lights in the Glowworm Grotto for a magical end to your visit.
Enjoy a picnic-style lunch (vegetarian and other dietary options available on request) as we make our way to Rotorua. Here you can experience rural New Zealand with a visit to the Agrodome, where you can tour a working farm on an all-terrain vehicle, see sheep-shearing and a sheep dog trial in action.
At Te Puia, one of New Zealand's foremost cultural venues, see and hear traditional song and dance at a Maori cultural performance. See how master artists are passing on their traditional skills to future generations at Te Puia's woodcarving and weaving schools, then take a guided tour of the bubbling mudpools and active geysers in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. This geothermal area is home to the famous Pohutu geyser, which unleashes vapour jets up to 30 metres high. A delicious afternoon snack, including traditional Maori rewana bread, can be enjoyed as you return to Auckland.
Useful Tip: We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and taking a warm jacket for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour. This tour combo must be taken over two consecutive days in the abovementioned order. Accommodation is not included.
Free WiFi available on board