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Coastal Pacific Train

Sit back and watch ordered vineyards give way to a wild and rugged coast on this stunningly scenic rail journey. At FREEDOM we offer:

  • Coastal Pacific Tickets – travel between Picton and Christchurch
  • New Zealand Rail Holidays & Tours – including the Coastal Pacific
  • Other NZ Rail Journeys – experience the Northern Explorer or TranzAlpine

You can book the Coastal Pacific, your New Zealand flights and hotels together, you will benefit from a single point of contact for all arrangements, as well as ATOL protection on your whole holiday.

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Coastal Pacific Kahutara River

Coastal Pacific

Picton | Blenheim | Kaikoura | Rangiora | Christchurch

Rail Journey from £105

Holidays including the Coastal Pacific

Self drive holidays and escorted tours that include a journey aboard the Coastal Pacific.

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New Zealand by Road & Rail

Auckland | Rotorua | Wellington | Queenstown | Christchurch

Self Drive Holiday 17 days from £2199
Tranzalpine Train
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Best of Both Islands

Auckland | Rotorua | Taupo | Napier | Wellington | Christchurch

Self Drive & Motorhome Holiday 21 days from £1995
Coastal Pacific

Traverse by Train

Perth | Adelaide | Auckland | Wellington | Kaikoura | Queenstown | Milford Sound | Christchurch

Holiday Idea 22 days from £4425
Australia & NZ by Rail
GPT Bus South Island Generic

Signature Rail, Cruise & Coach

Auckland | Bay of Islands | Rotorua | Wellington | Christchurch | Queenstown | Dunedin

Escorted Tour 19 days from £4819
Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait

Coastal Pacific & Interislander

Wellington | Picton | Christchurch

Ferry & Rail Combination from £149

More New Zealand Rail Journeys

Ride the Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington, or traverse the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine.

Northern Explorer, National Park

Northern Explorer

Auckland | Hamilton | National Park | Palmerston North | Wellington

Rail Journey from £149
TranzAlpine Train, South Island, New Zealand


Christchurch | Rolleston | Darfield | Springfield | Arthur’s Pass | Moana | Greymouth

Rail Journey from £135
TranzAlpine, South Island

Southern Alps Rail Adventure

From Christchurch

Day Tour

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Coast Pacific Train

A journey of breathtaking natural beauty, the Coastal Pacific railway travels past ordered vineyards to a wild and rugged coast, with the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean on one side and Kaikoura Mountains on the other.

How long does the Coastal Pacific take?

The rail journey from Christchurch to Picton takes 5 hours 40 minutes, leaving at 07:00 and arriving at 12:40. In reverse, the Picton to Christchurch train is timetabled to take 10 minutes longer, departing at 13:40 and arriving at 19:30. *

Where does the Coastal Pacific stop?

Southbound, the Coastal Pacific train stops at Blenheim, Kaikoura and Rangiora, before arriving into Christchurch.

Blenheim sits in the heart of the Marlborough wine region, famous for its Sauvignon Blanc. You can go whale watching in Kaikoura, making the coastal town a popular overnight excursion taking the Coastal Pacific from Christchurch.

How much is the Coastal Pacific?

The Christchurch to Picton train fare starts at £105. Coastal Pacific and InterIslander Ferry combination tickets are also available from £149, an easy and enjoyable way to travel between New Zealand’s North and South Islands.

Booking Coastal Pacific Tickets

With FREEDOM, you can book Coastal Pacific tickets on their own, or with flights, hotels, car hire and anything else you need for your New Zealand rail holiday.

By arranging everything in one place, you’ll benefit from a single point of contact for all arrangements and full ATOL protection on your whole booking. Plan your rail holiday

* Departure times correct as of March 2023

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