Coastal Pacific

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Alongside mountains and sea

As our summer train, the Coastal Pacific operates daily between September and May. The 2015/16 season commences on the 25th of September 2015 and carries through to the 1st of May 2016.

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 sea meets enormous bush-clad mountains. Stop in Kaikōura for the day and experience some of the 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 takes you between the port of Picton and our capital city, Wellington, taking in the magnificent Marlborough Sounds.


Coastal Pacific Timetable

Christchurch / Picton  

Christchurch depart 7:00 am
Rangiora depart 7:32 am
Waipara depart 7:58 am
Mina depart 8:45 am
Kaikoura depart 9:59 am
Seddon depart 11:24 am
Blenheim depart 11:53 am
Picton arrive 12:20 pm

The Coastal Pacific is a summer season train and closes during the winter months (May to Aug).
Timetables shown are subject to change at short notice. Heat induced speed restrictions may occur during the summer season and delay arrival.

Travel Stories

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.