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.
InterCity FlexiPass® is an hours-based bus pass designed for backpackers and independent travellers who want to experience the real New Zealand. Go where you want, when you want and see the New Zealand your own way, travelling alongside Kiwis and visitors alike.
Explore New Zealand with a Flexipass 'Hop On/Hop Off' bus and ferry pass that allows you to travel on New Zealand's largest scenic coach passenger travel network and Cook Strait ferry sailings between the North and South Islands all year around.
With Flexipass, you can travel in any direction, at any time on the combined national and regional bus and coach networks of InterCity Coachlines, Newmans Coachlines and Great Sights - with its premier sightseeing services everyday!
Flexipass is based on every travel 'Hour' used. Since every travel 'Hour' is discounted, so you will be saving money, as you travel.
Your Flexipass lets you take advantage of Great Sights sightseeing tours in Paihia (Bay of Islands), Rotorua, Mt Cook, Milford Sound and city sightseeing tours in Auckland and Rotorua.
Flexipass is sold in blocks of travel 'Hours', allowing you to travel on regular InterCity, Newmans bus and coach services or any Great Sights sightseeing journeys or a mixture of both, in any direction as many times as your hours allow. If you run out of travel 'Hours', you can 'Top Up' your Flexipass with additional travel 'Hours' online or by calling us.
Flexipass does not guarantee a seat on any service unless you have made travel sector/s reservation/s at least 4 hours before departure time by calling our New Zealnad Travel Team tollfree national phone number.
With Flexipass, you can change your travel plans up to 2 hours before departure time without incurring penalties. If you cancel your journey up to 2 hours before departure and you will be refunded 100% of your travel 'Hours' back.
Flexipass is valid for 12 months from the date of your first travel sector booking, so you can stay for a while at any destination and travel when you please.
Your Flexipass covers all of your travel components. When you book advise Flexipass Service Centre which of the sights and optional extras ( for the entrance fees, boat cruises, scenic flights, meals etc) you'd like to take part in and will be charged your credit/debit/prepaid card.
Tours that can be used with your Flexipass
Bay of Island Day Tour
Milford Sound Day Tour (Milford Sound Cruise is additional)
Rotorua Morning Sightseeing Tour
Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach Day Tour
Waitomo Caves Day Tour (Guided tour of the Caves additional)
Mount Cook Day Tour
Auckland Morning Sightseeing Tour
Flexipass can not be used on bus/coach services that are operated by private contracted bus operators.
Top Ups for Flexipass are available in 3 Hour or 10 Hour lots. Top Ups are for your existing Flexipass only and will not extend your Flexipass expiry date.
Please note each traveller needs his or her own pass.
National Bus Services
Discover New Zealand's unique 15 unique geographical regions and diverse natural beauty, with their
lakes, rivers, native rugged bush, the majestic volcanoes of the North Island's central plateau, the North Island skifields of Whakapapa and Turoa to the mountain peaks of the majestic Southern Alps, fiords of Milford and Doubtful Sounds, the great southern lakes, rivers, native rugged alpine bush and glaciers of the west coast of the South Island to the major South Island skifields of Mt Hutt, Queenstown and Wanaka on a national network of bus and coach services.
With over 150 daily services - 365 days a year to choose from, you can travel to over 600 towns, cities, major skifields, National Parks and key tourist destinations through out New Zealand travelling on the regional and national bus and coach services of Great Sights, InterCity Coachlines and Newmans Coachlines.
Travel in modern eco-friendly, air conditioned buses and coaches featuring reclining seats with foot and head rests, with some long distance services having on board washroom/toilet facilities. All regional and long distance bus and coach services do stop regularly for comfort and refreshment breaks.
InterCity Coachlines operate frequent daily services to regional and national destinations in the North and South Islands, including services that connect with Cook Strait ferry services that operate between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island.