Coastal Pacific

Rail Journey - from £99

Travel in style between Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city, and the InterIslander ferry port of Picton.

Highlights:

  • Panoramic windows on every carriage
  • Licensed café on board
  • Open air viewing carriages
  • Informative audio commentary
  • Scenic rail travel

Your Rail Journey

Travel in style between Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city, and the InterIslander ferry port of Picton. The journey is a scenic feast, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Along the way is the pretty coastal village of Kaikoura, where you can break your journey overnight to take in a whale watching cruise.

One of the world’s most scenic train journeys, the Coastal Pacific travels through 22 tunnels and crosses 175 bridges. Look out for seals, dolphins and even penguins from the comfort of your carriage or take in the whole panorama from open air viewing decks.

On board facilities: A licensed café carriage onboard the Coastal Pacific provides you with a variety of meals, snacks and drinks. There is also an audio commentary system on board relaying the histories, legends and myths of New Zealand as it passes your window.

Christchurch to Picton

Departs: 07:00 (daily)
Arrives: 13:15

Picton to Christchurch

Departs: 13:50 (daily)
Arrives:  20:15

Rail Journey - from £99

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The Coastal Pacific operates 1 Dec 18 – 29 Apr 19, excluding 25 Dec. Both services are timed to connect with the InterIslander ferry to or from Wellington.

Your Rail Journey

Let the train take the strain for part of your New Zealand holiday. These iconic rail journeys offer reserved seating, panoramic windows, informative commentary and outdoor viewing platforms for great photo opportunities.

Coach Class Seats: Spacious reclining seats with generous leg room

Open Air Viewing Carriage: These carriages have open sides which allow you to get a sense of the great outdoors as well as uninterrupted views making it ideal for amazing photo opportunities.

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