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.
The JUCY Gem glass roof coach is all about premium experience.
With a little later pickup time than most trips a leisure breakfast is possible before joining the coach and a magical journey into Fiordland National Park & Milford Sound. Pickups are made between 9:10-9:45am depending on your accommodation. Once on the coach you can enjoy some of the world’s most magnificent scenery unfold from the large coach windows and from the twin LCD screens projecting a live image from the front of the coach.
At about 11:50am a 30 minute stop is made in Te Anau, a stunning little town nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau and gateway to the world heritage area of Fiordland National Park. Here you will have time for a look around or grab a coffee and bite to eat. From Te Anau the trip travels along the shores of Lake Te Anau before entering Fiordland National Park via the Eglington Valley. Within the park numerous stops are made at stunning locations for photos and at a couple of really special places there are short nature walks, so please where some reasonably sturdy shoes and enjoy.
Once at Milford Sound you will join luxury appointed catamaran, a three deck vessel with great scenic viewing inside and out. While on board our friend staff will treat you to a scrumptious “High Tea at Sea” while we show off the wonders of this glacially sculpture fiord. If you want, we’ll even invite you to take a shower in the most pristine water on the planet as we nose into the 146m high Sterling Falls.
Returns approximately 9:20pm
Ferry Inclusions: Glass roof viewing - High definition remote camera playing on 5 TV screens throughout the boat, Free Tea and Coffee, Informative commentary from the skipper, large front viewing deck, top sun roof deck, central heating system anti-fog windows.