train is a scenic rail journey between
- the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, to
- South Islands largest city.
Your journey is a scenic feast, with the Picton 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, plus
seals and penguins from the comfort of your carriage.
Along the way you pass though the village of
Kaikoura, where you can break your journey
to take in the whale watching or dare to get closer and swim with the
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' seating either as reclining forward facing seats with head and foot rests or 'Table Group' (4 people around a
table) seating allowing to experience the amazing views of the
magnificent 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 a viewing carriage.
The Coastal Pacific train is reserved seating 'One Class/Non Smoking'
The Coastal Pacific train does not operate of Christmas Day - 25 December.
There are connecting
bus and coach services
train connects with Cook Strait ferry
timetable information and online reservations from
There are no passenger train/rail services from Picton to Nelson.
From Christchurch you can explore the South Island's southern scenic
beauty by choosing from a range
of independent bus touring travel packages.