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The Coastal Pacific travels between Christchurch, the South Island's largest city and the delightful port of Picton.

This journey is a scenic feast with views of the picturesque Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of the train contrasting with the rugged scenery of the Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. The Coastal Pacific passes through the town of Kaikoura, where it is possible to break the journey to whale watch or swim with dolphins. Travel through some of New Zealand's finest farmland and see endearing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins from the comfort of the train carriage.One-way fares can be found below. For return or through-way fares please contact us.


More than a year on from the Kaikoura earthquake, the Kiwi Rail team have worked hard to clear the tracks, rebuild bridges and clear some pretty large slips. It is great to have some freight services back on this line and will play a key part in getting some trucks off the road and freight back on to rail.
Unfortunately the return of the Coastal Pacific service will not be as easy and as fast as hoped. Freight trains are operating at night only. This is to allow the workers to continue the repair work of State Highway 1 (SH1). Of course, this will not work for the Coastal Pacific.
We currently expect that the Coastal Pacific will resume running in the second half of next year. However, this is still subject to change depending on the state of the road and rail rebuild that is now underway. We look forward to once again booking the award-winning service, one of the Great Journeys of New Zealand.
We will update information as it arises.