The Coastal Pacific Train between Christchurch and Picton

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The Coastal Pacific Train - gateway to South Island adventures !

The Coastal Pacific Train travels between the delightful port of Picton and Christchurch, the South Island's largest city. This journey is a scenic feast, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Along the way you pass though the village of Kaikoura, where you can break your journey to take in the whale watching or dare to get closer and swim with the dolphins.

Travel through some of New Zealand's finest horticultural and farmland areas, and see amazing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins from the comfort of your carriage.
The Coastal Pacific train travels through 22 tunnels and crosses 175 bridges, one of them being New Zealand's only road-rail bridge. As on The TranzAlpine, The TranzCoastal includes an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air.

The Coastal Pacific Train is an extended summer train, running daily from 24 September 2016 to 30 April 2017 between Christchurch and Picton or Picton to Christchurch

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.

Please enquire here for Special and Standard fares

Daily Timetable
Christchurch to Picton
Christchurch Depart 07:00am
Kaikoura Depart 09:57 am
Picton Arrive 12:25 pm


Daily Timetable
Picton to Christchurch
Picton Depart 1:25pm 
Kaikoura Depart 4:03pm
Christchurch Arrive 6:45 pm