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Coastal Pacific

Coastal Pacific



The spectacular Coastal Pacific travels over 200 miles along the east coast of New Zealand’s scenic south island between Picton and Christchurch passing through vineyards, dramatic coastal scenery and unique wildlife attractions.

The Coastal Pacific leaves just 200 metres from the terminal of the Interislander ferry at Picton and travels through the rolling vineyards of the renowned Marlborough region. With over 30 cellar doors in the near vicinity, stopping off at Blenheim is a popular option for lovers of the renowned world famous Sauvignon Blancs produced here.

The train climbs up out of Blenheim with views of snow-capped mountains in the distance skirting Lake Grassmere on its way down to the ocean. You’re then almost within touching distance of the sea for nearly 100km passing by beaches, cliffs and headlands as you head into Kaikoura, the whale watching capital of New Zealand.

You can often spot seals from the train as you continue along the east coast until finally the train cuts inland through rolling green hills to Christchurch.

Life on Board

The Coastal Pacific carriages are comfortable with air conditioning and panoramic windows. There is also a cafe-bar serving drinks and light snacks and a full length open air viewing car.

New carriages being introduced this year will feature un-tinted, non-reflective, panoramic side and roof windows and a journey commentary at your seat via passenger headphones, plus information displays and overhead HD video.


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