1 days

From: NZ$177

Departure: Christchurch

Destination: Picton

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Join us on one of the most picturesque journeys on New Zealand's railways. Throughout this scenic experience, you will meander along the Pacific coast between Picton and Christchurch

Our Coastal Pacific train takes you along rugged coastlines, across remote beaches, between mountains and sea, on a timeless journey of breathtaking beauty.

Explore the stunning Kaikōura Coastline, famous for its marine life and whale watching. Voyage through the vineyards of Blenheim, dripping with New Zealand's premium crop. Canter amidst the idyllic Canterbury countryside to the Garden City of Christchurch.

Book a journey like no other by travelling in either direction from Christchurch to Picton or Picton to Christchurch. 

Destinations include: 

Picton   •  Blenheim   •  Kaikoura  •  Christchurch 

Coastal Pacific | Returns Daily from 14 Dec 2023

The Coastal Pacific is currently on its scheduled spring timetable of running long weekends, Thursday-Sunday, and will return to daily journeys from 14 December 2023 until 28 April 2024.

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Discover true local gems with our Coastal Pacific packages

Let us take care of the details while you relax and enjoy the best of New Zealand with our spectacular Coastal Pacific short breaks and travel packages:

Take a tour of discovery through authentic Aotearoa

Join one of our unique rail tours for an intimate experience of the people, places, scenery, history, and culture that makes the Pacific coast so special!

Discover the onboard experience

There is more to the Coastal Pacific train experience than simply travelling through the spectacular heart of the South Island. Discover more about what lies ahead onboard.

Our Scenic Class Carriages

Glide through the heart of New Zealand's beautiful scenery in our Scenic Class carriages

Open-air Viewing Carriages

Get closer to nature by stepping outdoors and breathing in our magnificent scenery

Scenic Cafe

Savour the journey with locally sourced food & drink from our Scenic Cafe to accompany the views

Coastal Pacific train timetable

The Coastal Pacific runs daily from late September to late April each year.

The Christchurch to Picton train service runs northbound in the morning, while the returning Picton to Christchurch train runs southbound in the afternoon. 

This year, Coastal Pacific resumes on 21 September 2023 with a long weekend service running Thursday to Sunday. 

Daily services return on 14 December 2023. 


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