Coastal Pacific

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Alongside mountains and sea

Immerse yourself in the rugged coastal architecture of New Zealand. Travelling between Christchurch and Picton, the Coastal Pacific journeys breathtakingly close to the Pacific Ocean, where the roaring, windblown sea meets enormous bush-clad mountains. Stop in Kaikōura for the day and experience some of the colourful township’s world famous eco-tourism activities, such as whale watching or swimming with dolphins.

The Coastal Pacific connects with the Interislander ferry and Sounds Air flights over the summer season, which take you between the port of Picton and our capital city, Wellington, taking in the magnificent Marlborough Sounds.

As our summer train, the Coastal Pacific operates daily return services between October & April.

 

Coastal Pacific Timetable

Christchurch / Picton  

Christchurch depart 7:00 am
Rangiora depart 7:28 am
Waipara depart 7:56 am
Mina depart 8:45 am
Kaikoura depart 9:54 am
Seddon depart 11:18 am
Blenheim depart 11:46 am
Picton arrive 12:13 pm

* Timetables shown are subject to change at short notice. Heat restrictions may cause delays to services during the summer season.

Journey Highlights

Journey alongside mountains & sea

Get astonishingly close to the surging Pacific Ocean and steeply rising Kaikoura Ranges.

Close encounters

Keep an eye out for seals and other wildlife on the rocks along the Kaikoura coastline.

Traverse 175 bridges

As you journey between Christchurch city and the port of Picton.

What People Say

“Picton is just too special to pass by”

Timothy

New York, USA

Travel Stories

Get intrepid on the Queen Charlotte Track.

Travel Stories

Kaikoura - a must see location for any traveller - a wildlife wonderland.

I travelled on the Coastal Pacific to Kaikoura to see the whales for the day - such great scenery that I wouldn't have seen if I didn't take the train.

Amy

USA