1 days

From: NZ$219

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 | Seasonal Schedule

The Coastal Pacific train will resume its four-day service on September 19, 2024, after its winter break. From January 1, 2025, to April 27, 2025, the train will operate daily.

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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!

Coastal Pacific train timetable

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

The Coastal Pacific train runs daily until May 5, 2024, pauses for a winter break, and then resumes its four-day service on September 19, 2024. From 1 January 2025 until 27 April 2025, this train travels daily.


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