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.
Deals & Escapes
Kaikoura whale watching
Get up close and personal with the whales and other marine life in Kaikoura. 1 adult from $235.
Cruise through the intricate waterways that form the Marlborough Sounds. 2 adults from $639.
Destinations & Activities
Discover this vibrant capital of the South, one of Lonely Planet's top 10 cities to visit in 2013.
Port town Picton
A charming seaside town, and gateway to travel between the North and South Islands.
Walk Queen Charlotte
Queen Charlotte track is one of NZ’s great walks. Swim, fish or kayak along the way.
See, sip & sample
In the heart of New Zealands biggest wine growing region. Wine tasting at its best.
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”
New York, USA
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.