Coastal Pacific (travel from 24 Sep 2016 - 30 Apr 2017) : Info

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The Coastal Pacific travels between Christchurch, the South Island's largest city and the delightful port of Picton.

This journey is a scenic feast with views of the picturesque Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of the train contrasting with the rugged scenery of the Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. The Coastal Pacific passes through the town of Kaikoura, where it is possible to break the journey to whale watch or swim with dolphins. Travel through some of New Zealand's finest farmland and see endearing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins from the comfort of the train carriage.One-way fares can be found below. For return or through-way fares please contact us.



Unfortunately, due to the extensive damage the earthquakes have caused to the rail line between Blenheim and Kaikoura, KiwiRail have had to cancel the Coastal Pacific service for the remainder of its summer season.The Coastal Pacific summer season was due to operate until May 2017.

The TranzAlpine and Northern Explorer services are still operating as normal. The carriages used on the Coastal Pacific, will be redeployed to the TranzAlpine and Northern Explorer services to increase the numbers of seats available on these services and provide additional options to those who would like to transfer onto one of these services.