Travel News

Latest News

TranzAlpine

Service suspended until April 3, 2017

We are sorry to announce that due to recent fires in the Waimakariri Gorge district between Christchurch and Arthur's Pass, the TranzAlpine is suspended until early April.

Online bookings are available from 3rd of April onwards.

 

Meanwhile, if you need to travel to the West Coast, then please contact the following companies:

 

For more information on the fires and remedial work to be carried out by KiwiRail, please click here to read the full KiwiRail statement.

 

Coastal Pacific

Unfortunately, the earthquakes in November caused extensive damage to the rail line between Blenheim and Kaikoura. As a result, the Coastal Pacific will be out of service for the remainder of the 2017 summer period.

However, we are pleased to announce that KiwiRail has completed the restoration of the Main North Line (MNL) railway between Picton and Lake Grassmere.

The remaining section, between Lake Grassmere and Kaikoura is the worst affected. KiwiRail is working with the New Zealand Transport Agency on this section, as both the railway and State Highway 1 are heavily affected and run side-by-side. It is still unknown when passenger services will be able to return to the Main North Line, and so future ticket sales are completely suspended. 

The carriages used on the Coastal Pacific have been redeployed to the TranzAlpine and Northern Explorer services. We hope that the increased numbers of seats available on these services will enable those passengers who wished to experience the Coastal Pacific to experience one of these alternative Scenic Journeys instead.

Scenic Rail Passes

With the Coastal Pacific not running, we have elected to suspend sales of the Scenic Rail Pass. The Scenic Rail Pass is designed for travelling around New Zealand using the connected Scenic Journeys services and without the Coastal Pacific we are unable to offer a connected journey. We are currently investigating options to reconnect our services temporarily using alternative routes. 

Getting the latest news

If you want to keep up-to-date, then we recommend you join our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KiwiRailScenic/ to receive announcements and updates as they happen directly to your newsfeed.