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.
Deals & Escapes
Kaikoura whale watching
Get up close and personal with the whales and other marine life in Kaikoura. From just $285 pp.
Enjoy a unique opportunity to engage with dolphins in their natural environment. From just $428 pp (share twin).
Marlborough wine tasting
Wind your way through the world famous Marlborough wine region. From just $383 pp (share twin).
Destinations & Activities
Discover this vibrant capital of the South, one of Lonely Planet's top 10 cities to visit in 2013.
Ferry/ train Throughfares
Connecting Wellington and Picton by sea with the Interislander Ferry, and Picton to Christchurch by train.
Flight/ train Throughfares
Connecting Wellington and Picton by flight with Sounds Air, and Picton to Christchurch by train.
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.