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
Depart 1.33pm/Arrive 6.21pm
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
Information: The Coastal Pacific train will operate from 26
September 2015 to 1 May 2016 only.
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
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.
Coastal Pacific train travels through 22 tunnels and crosses 175 bridges,
one of them being New Zealand’s only road-rail bridge.
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.
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.
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
Coastal Pacific train is reserved seating 'One Class/Non Smoking' service.
The 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
Scenic Rail Pass, you can travel on The Coastal Pacific train to any
destinations between Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim and Picton.