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Coastal Pacific - Picton to Christchurch by Train

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    With steeply soaring mountains on one side and the sweeping Pacific Ocean on the other, find yourself immersed in the rugged coastal architecture of the east coast of the South Island. Surrounded by a myriad of sea and birdlife, you’ll hug 98km of untouched coastline, winding your way through lush native bush, charming coastal towns and dramatic seascapes.
    While on board enjoy the journey in award winning world class carriages with specially designed seats. Awaken your senses in the open air viewing decks or sit back and enjoy the GPS triggered audio commentary available through headphones at every seat.   All trains have a licensed café carriage providing snacks and light meals (at own expense).
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    Reviewed 7 June 2019

    We finished the Queen Charlotte Track and needed to get to Christchurch. Being fans of train travel (past user of a Eurail Pass many years ago) we were rapt to have the option of going by train. We were on the 2 pm on a...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Ian M
    Reviewed 14 May 2019

    I understand things happen to impact travel but I don’t accept that it is impossible to claim our refund that the train company said we would be getting as we booked with you ,Viator ,not directly with train company . 50% of tickets should have...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank FellowTraveler292340
    Robin H, The Great Journeys of New Zealand at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2019

    Hi FellowTraveler292340, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review. I'm very sorry to hear that your journey was replaced by a bus. We do our best to get our passengers to where they need to go by providing a...More

    Reviewed 12 April 2019

    We couldn't have asked for better. The train was clean and comfortable and the staff exceptional. The buffet car was well stocked with a variety of food and beverages sufficient to satisfy most palets. The weather was beautiful which made the most of the scenery....More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Ian R
    Robin H, Online Crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2019

    Hi Hatton1944, Thanks so much for the 5-star review! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip to Christchurch with us, it certainly is a relaxing afternoon experience. Thanks for the lovely feedback about our crew, I'll be sure to pass this on :-)...More

    Reviewed 8 April 2019

    Unfortunately we couldn't review this journey as the forecasted poor weather meant the Train was replaced by a bus service. I understand this decision as the infrastructure is still vulnerable to weather events. We chose not to take the bus service, however this meant some...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Kyno13
    Robin H, Online Crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2019

    Hi Kyno13, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review. I'm very sorry to hear that the weather meant your journey could no longer go ahead, but we appreciate your patience. The operational nature of our business means that we...More

    Reviewed 2 April 2019

    It was so easy to find after coming off the inter-island ferry. Everything was very clearly signposted. The train was super spacious and comfy. There is food available but the queues can be quite long and the choices are limited. The views are out of...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank LizbetLondon
    Robin H, Online Crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2019

    Hi LizbetLondon, Thank you so much for writing us a 5-Star review! We're happy to hear you had a great journey with us and wonderful to hear you saw so many seals, make sure you share any photos with us using #greatjourneysofnz :-) All the...More

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    • Coastal Pacific Train
    • Duration: 6h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese
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