There’s a place on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island where the mountains meet the sea; where the beauty of the landscape is matched only by the beauty of the people. And where marine life travels from near and far to come and play. This place is Kaikoura.
Coastal Pacific train - the best way to get to Kaikoura
Whether you’re travelling from to Kaikoura from Christchurch or Picton, the Coastal Pacific train is the perfect way to travel, with your holiday adventure starting the moment you climb aboard.
Large panoramic windows and an Open-air carriage allow you to soak up the scenery and spot marine wildlife while cruising along the stunning Pacific coast. At Ohau Point, just north of Kaikoura, the train comes incredibly close to a colony of seals that lounge upon the rocks next to the railway tracks.
Nearby, at Waipapa Bay the train rolls across the Papatea Fault line amidst some of the most dramatically affected areas of land following the Kaikoura earthquake. Whilst many of the scars are now hidden and landslides cleared, the long straight scarp of raised land you'll see from your window remains a stark reminder of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake's destructive power.
While taking in the views, you can learn the stories of our land by using the onboard commentary system. There is also a licensed café on board, which means you can marvel at the scenery whilst enjoying a barista-made coffee and slice of cake - or something a bit more relaxing! And don’t worry, there are options for the kids too.