The Coastal Pacific

The Coastal Pacific

  • Region: New Zealand
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  • Type: Scenic Day Trips
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  • Traveller Interest: Panoramic Vistas

Journeys on The Coastal Pacific

Introduction / History

The Coastal Pacific train journey travels between the delightful port of Picton and Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. This journey is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Along the way you pass though the village of Kaikoura, where, if you're touring New Zealand, you can break your journey to take in the whale watching or swim with the dolphins. Your Coastal Pacific train travel will take you through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas, and see amazing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins from the comfort of your train carriage.
 
The Coastal Pacific rail travel includes 22 tunnels and crosses 175 bridges, one of them being New Zealand’s only road-rail bridge. The Coastal Pacific includes an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air. The train  conveniently connects to the Interislander Ferry departing from Picton for Wellington and vice versa.

Accommodation

All train carriages are centrally air-conditioned / heated and include both one way seating and tabled group seating allowing you to experience the amazing views while enjoying the company of other passengers on-board. All seats have wide panoramic windows. An open air viewing rail carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery and provides many opportunities to photograph your favourite spots.

 

A new premier class of travel is being planned.

Dining / Lounge

The Coastal Pacific train includes a fully licensed café car and professional Train Managers who provide informative commentary to ensure a totally unique experience. The cafe bar serves snacks, tea & coffee, wine, beer, spirits and light microwavable meals at a reasonable price. The breakfast roll and the Devonshire tea are especially good.

 

It also includes a full length open air viewing platform with uninterrupted scenic views of the eastern coast of New Zealands south island.

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