Coastal Pacific *Bus Replacement* 19th April to 23rd April 

We regret to inform you that the Coastal Pacific Train service between 19th and 23rd April 2014 will be replaced by a bus service. This service change is due to landslips caused by the adverse weather conditions which have made the coastal rail track impassable.  Passengers wishing to cancel will receive a full refund. Please contact bookings@kiwirailscenic.co.nz or 0800 250 000 from 9am to 5pm for questions about this service change. Thank you.

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Discover Middle Earth on the brand new Waitomo & Hobbiton Excursion

Frodo fans and adventure lovers might want to start clearing their schedules, as Kiwirail has just announced a brand new journey tailored especially for Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans of all ages - the Waitomo & Hobbiton Scenic Escape Package!

Not only will passengers on this Scenic Escape get to discover the real life Middle-earth in luscious Matamata, but they will also get to experience the wonders of the incredible Waitomo Caves as well.

"This package will allow international and domestic visitors to experience the Hobbiton movie set, Waitomo Caves and Hamilton city in a unique way that has not been offered to train travellers before," explained Hamilton and Waikato Tourism chief executive Kiri Goulter in a statement released February 14.

KiwiRail general manager of passenger services Deborah Hume says that her organisation worked closely in conjunction with Hamilton and Waikato Tourism in order to cultivate and develop this fantastic escape.

"Not only are we offering stunning scenery in state of the art, purpose-built carriages, but we are also throwing the Northern Explorer train wide open and offering an iconic Kiwi experience as part of the journey," said Ms Hume. 

According to Ms Hume, Waitomo welcomes around 350,000 visitors to its community every year, highlighting the fact that this really is a must see destination for anyone exploring on a New Zealand adventure.

Meanwhile the Hobbiton Movie Set - where scenes from both the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit were filmed - has quickly gained a reputation as being one of the foremost destinations for Tolkien enthusiasts in the entire world.

And with train fares, transfers, accommodation and attractions all covered in one neat package, it seems there really is no better way to discover the hidden secrets of Middle Earth (and New Zealand) than with the Waitomo & Hobbiton Scenic Escape.