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Quick Reference Timetable:

Christchurch to Kaikoura
Depart 7.00am/Arrive 9.50am

Christchurch to Picton
Depart 7.00am/Arrive 12.13pm

Christchurch to Blenheim
Depart 7.00am/Arr 11.46am

Picton to Christchurch
Depart 1.00pm/Arrive 6.21pm

Picton to Kaikoura
Depart 1.00pm/Arrive 3.25pm

Blenheim to Kaikoura
Depart 1.33pm/Arrive 3.25pm

Blenheim to Christchurch
Depart 1.33pm/Arrive 6.21pm

Kaikoura to Blenheim
Depart 9.54am/Arrive11.46am

Kaikoura to Christchurch
Depart 3.28pm/Arrive 6.21pm

Kaikoura to Picton
Depart 9.54am/Arrive 12.13pm

Other Train Services -

The TranzAlpine Train
The Northern Explorer Train

Coastal Pacific train route mapService Information: The Coastal Pacific train will operate from 26 September 2015 to 1 May 2016 only.

The Coastal Pacific train
travels between the delightful port of Picton - gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds to Kaikoura - home of whale watching and Christchurch - the South Island’s largest city. 

This journey is a scenic feast, with the wine growing region of Blenheim to the rugged Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. 

Travel through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas of the Canterbury Plains, and see amazing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins from the comfort of your carriage.

Along the way you pass though the town of Kaikoura, where you can break your journey to take in the whale watching or dare to get closer and swim with the dolphins.

The Coastal Pacific train travels through 22 tunnels and crosses 175 bridges, one of them being New Zealand’s only road-rail bridge. 

The Coastal Pacific carriages have advanced air bag suspension system for quieter and smoother travel, un-tinted, non-reflective, panoramic side and roof windows to capture the dramatic coastal and mountain views of the magnificent South Island, GPS triggered journey commentary in five languages at your seat via headphones, plus information displays and overhead HD video and are centrally heated/air conditioned for passenger comfort.

Interior of the Overlander train obsevation lounge carriageEach carriage has onboard washroom/toilet facilities, with '2 Seat-Aisle-2 Seat' seating either as forward facing seats with head rests or 'Table Group' (4 people around a table) seating allowing to experience the amazing views of the magnificent South Island, through panoramic side and roof windows, while enjoying the company of other passengers.

The Coastal Pacific train has a café carriage offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and light meals and a viewing carriage.

For mobility-impaired passengers, wheelchair hoists provide access to the café carriage from track level, with spaces for wheel chair users and a disabled public toilet. For hearing-impaired passengers a hearing loop covers the whole saloon and café serving area of the carriage.

The Coastal Pacific train is reserved seating 'One Class/Non Smoking' service.

Coastal Pacific train passing the Kaikoura RangesThe Coastal Pacific train does not operate on Christmas Day - 25 December.

Travelling on the Coastal Pacific train is a genuine kiwi rail scenic experience travelling along the South Island's north eastern region.

From Christchurch you can explore the South Island's southern scenic beauty by choosing from a range of suggested 'Hop On/Hop Off' bus pass travel options.

The Coastal Pacific train connects with Cook Strait ferry services from Wellington to Picton and from Picton to Wellington.

The Coastal Pacific train connects at Blenheim with various coach and bus services to Nelson.

With a Scenic Rail Pass, you can travel on The Coastal Pacific train to any destinations between Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim and Picton.

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