Coastal Pacific

Unfortunately, the earthquakes in November 2016 caused extensive damage to the rail line between Blenheim and Kaikoura. As a result, the Coastal Pacific will be out of service indefinitely. The preliminary estimate is that it will return in mid-2018.

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The Journey

Explore the stunning Kaikōura Coastline, famous for its marine mammals and whale watching, through the idyllic Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch.

Travelling between Christchurch and Picton, the Coastal Pacific journeys breathtakingly close to the Pacific Ocean, where the roaring sea meets enormous bush-clad mountains. The Coastal Pacific isn't just a scenic activity, combined with the Interislander Ferry it is the perfect way to connect between Wellington, Blenheim, Kaikoura and Christchurch. 

The Coastal Pacific runs once daily taking just over 5 hours from the Christchurch Railway Station to Picton.

Once you reach Picton you can take our Interislander ferry to Wellington and board the Northern Explorer train to Auckland to carry on your train journey through the North Island.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reserve a seat?

Which seats are better?

Is there long term parking at the Station?

To find out information about you departure and arrival station, including long and short term parking, please see our Stations pages.