Coastal Pacific Train Journey

The Coastal Pacific train journey brings passengers from the beautiful port of Picton, gateway to the stunning Marlborough Sounds, to Kaikoura where you can join whale watching tours, and onto the Garden City of Christchurch, the largest city in South Island. Each year, the Coastal Pacific train services this route daily from the end of September to early May.

Looking out from the comfort of your carriage, you will see the bountiful wine-growing region of Blenheim and the rocky Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your window, and the Pacific Ocean shoreline on the other, offering glimpses of marine wildlife like seals and penguins. You can get off at Kaikoura for a closer encounter with its marine attractions, and a sumptuous meal of crayfish and mussels picked straight from the sea. As you continue on to Christchurch, you will see some of the premium horticultural areas and farmlands of the Canterbury Plains.

Enjoy the scenery from inside the centrally heated and air conditioned carriages looking out through un-tinted, non-reflective wide-view side and roof windows, or in the open-air viewing carriage of the Coastal Pacific train, which features cutting-edge air bag suspension system, making train travel much quieter and smoother.
Listen to GPS-prompted commentary in five languages via headphones at your seat as you journey through the renowned wine-growing region and dramatic coastal and mountain scenery of South Island’s northeastern coast. Information displays are likewise available as well as overhead HD video.

Each carriage features spacious ‘2 Seat-Aisle-2 Seat’ seating arranged either as a ‘Table Group’ (for 4 people around a table) allowing you to interact with other travellers, or reclining forward-facing seats made more comfortable by head and foot rests. Washroom facilities are available onboard, including toilet facilities for passengers with disability.

The café carriage is well-stocked with a selection of refreshments ranging from alcoholic drinks to non-alcoholic beverages, to snacks and light meals that you can enjoy in a viewing carriage as you soak up the rugged Pacific coastline and vast wine-growing region of the north eastern South Island.

There are spaces for wheel chairs and designated public toilet for mobility-impaired passengers who can also access the café carriage from the track level using wheelchair hoists.

A hearing loop is installed in the serving area and café carriage saloon for passengers with hearing impairment.

The Coastal Pacific train offers a ‘One Class’ reserved seating, non-smoking service.

You can get off at the following stops: Blenheim (where you can travel to and from Nelson via connecting bus and coach services), Seddon, Kaikoura (which you can get to on a day excursion from Christchurch), Waipara and Rangiora.

At Picton, the Coastal Pacific train connects you with numerous ferry sailings across Cook Strait for travel to and from Wellington in the North Island.

With the Coastal Pacific train, you can sit back and marvel at the fertile farmlands and rugged beauty of South Island’s north-eastern coastline, and experience an authentic Kiwi rail journey.

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