Coastal Pacific train is a scenic train journey travelling between the delightful port of
Picton - gateway to the beautiful
Marlborough Sounds to
Kaikoura - home of whale watching and
Christchurch - the South Island’s
This journey is a scenic feast, with the wine
growing region of
Blenheim to the rugged Kaikoura
mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean
coastline on the other.
Travel through some of New Zealand’s
finest horticultural and farmland areas of the Canterbury Plains, and
see amazing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins from the
comfort of your carriage.
Along the way you pass though the town of
Kaikoura, where you can break your
journey to take in the whale watching or dare to get closer and swim
with the dolphins.
Coastal Pacific train travels through 22 tunnels and crosses 175 bridges,
one of them being New Zealand’s only road-rail bridge.
Coastal Pacific carriages have advanced air bag suspension
system for quieter and smoother travel, un-tinted, non-reflective,
panoramic side and roof windows to capture the dramatic coastal and
mountain views of the magnificent South Island, GPS triggered
journey commentary in five languages at your seat via
headphones, plus information displays and overhead HD video and are
centrally heated/air conditioned for passenger comfort.
carriage has onboard washroom/toilet facilities, with '2
Seat-Aisle-2 Seat' forward facing seats with head rests or 'Table Group' (4 people around a
table) seating allowing to experience the amazing views of the
magnificent eastern side of the South Island, through panoramic side and roof windows, while
enjoying the company of other passengers.
Coastal Pacific train has a café carriage offering a range of
alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and light meals and an open
air viewing carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning
scenery and provides many opportunities to photograph your favourite
spots. There’s a lot to look forward to!
For mobility-impaired passengers, wheelchair hoists provide access
to the café carriage from track level, with spaces for wheel chair users
and a disabled public toilet. For hearing-impaired passengers a hearing
loop covers the whole saloon and café serving area of the
Coastal Pacific train is reserved seating 'One Class/Non Smoking' service.
The Coastal Pacific train does not operate on Christmas Day - 25 December.
The Coastal Pacific
Travelling on the Coastal Pacific train is a genuine kiwi rail
scenic experience travelling along the South Island's north eastern region.
From Christchurch you can explore the South Island's southern scenic
beauty by choosing from a range
of independent bus touring travel packages.
The Coastal Pacific train connects with
Cook Strait ferry services from
Wellington to Picton and from
Picton to Wellington.
The Coastal Pacific train connects at Blenheim with various
coach and bus services to