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Coastal Pacific Train

247 reviews
About Coastal Pacific Train
The Great Journeys of New Zealand operate three long distance trains and three inter-island ferries that take passengers across New Zealand in comfort and style through some of the most scenic areas of the North and South Islands. The Coastal Pacific train travels between Picton & Christchurch in the South Island. It's a dramatic tour of New Zealand's coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the breath-taking Kaikoura ranges. The Coastal Pacific journeys through 22 tunnels, across 175 bridges and past spectacular wildlife and marine-life. Coastal Pacific services connect with the Interislander ferry at Picton to provide onward travel to and from the capital city, Wellington. The Great Journeys of New Zealand also operate the Northern Explorer (previously the Overlander) between Auckland and Wellington, and the TranzAlpine between Christchurch and Greymouth.
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Coastal Pacific - Christchurch to Picton by Train
US$52.62 per adult
Coastal Pacific - Picton to Christchurch by Train
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US$52.62 per adult
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacular views on this trip, and having driven along the coast some years ago, I’m pleased we travelled by train so that both of us could enjoy the view this time. Only drawback was that we were seated in rear facing seats with a table...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Kerry S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We caught the train from Blenheim and travelled to Christchurch. It was fantastic and I only hope lots of other New Zealanders have the opportuity to travel on it as well. There were lots of tourists on the train, so obviously the world is out....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Flicks88
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an awesome experience. Best decision of the year so far! Was heading to Blenheim for a couple of days and decided to take the train up and back. Loved being able to sit back and watch the scenery unfold from city, to vineyards, coastline...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Train ride was comfortable and smooth. Commentaries on headphones were made available so all of us received running explanations as the train proceeded on. We asked for the map at the Picton station and it helped us to pinpoint the location accordingly. There is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MTan2014
Robin H, Online crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi MTan2014, Thanks for the five-star review! We are really pleased you enjoyed the journey and onboard commentary. The menu is available online (for those interested). We aren't able to carry an extensive menu due to the capacity constraints of the cafe carriage, so we...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing trip, kaikoura coast on a sunny day followed by the interislander. This was only the second week back running after the earthquake but I would highly recommend.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Changi11
Robin H, Online crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Changi11, We are really pleased you enjoyed our Christchurch to Wellington throughfare service aboard the Coastal Pacific and Interislander ferry. There are few days that compare to that journey on a sunny day and we are extremely pleased to have the Coastal reopen so...More

Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Lovely train ride very scenic and extremely beautiful Very descriptive Good food options and service offered on board Thank you

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 216manojb
Robin H, Online crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi 216manojb, Thank you for joining us! We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed our spectacular journey and hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in New Zealand. Best wishes, Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

Reviewed 5 December 2018

I took this Coastal Pacific Scenic train last year when I wanted to visit from Picton to Christchurch. Its like a toy train, were you can go out in the open coach, to see the beautiful views, different colored lakes, mountains and great landscapes. Must...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank hitanshu_khatri
Robin H, Online Crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

Hi hitanshu_khatri, Thanks for the "Awesome" review! The coloured lakes are the salt plains at Lake Grassmere, which the train travels through. It is a uniquely amazing part of an incredible journey! All the best, Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

I love coming on the coastal pacific train! The seats are comfy, the windows are huge and easy to see from and the staff are always very warm and hospitable. I like to keep this little gem hidden away for special occasions when family or...More

Date of experience: June 2017
7  Thank reginaphalanges
Robin H, Online Crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Hi reginaphalanges, Thank you for your thoughtful review of the Coastal Pacific journey. We're pleased to hear of how well our crew looked after you, and that you enjoyed the spectacular views of our beautiful landscape. You'll be pleased to know that the Coastal Pacific...More

Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We did the trip from Christchurch to Blenheim and return. Seats are comfy and the carrages have large viewing windows. Staff are friendly and helpful. Food was yummy and reasonably priced. A great family experience.More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Lynley S
Robin H, Online Crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Hi Lynley S, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We're glad you enjoyed the food, scenery and service. We take a lot of pride in the entire experience and happy to hear yours was all positive. After two years...More

Reviewed 20 October 2016

Took the Christ Church to Picton to the ferry-Luggage was transferred for us. Spent a lot of time on the observation car taking photos. Pass trough 21 tunnels,all short. Just follow the beach up the east coast of the south island. Dining car.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Stjudemomcat
Robin H, Online Crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Hi Stjudemomcat, Many thanks for your review of the Coastal Pacific. We're pleased to hear you made the most of the viewing carriage! Something else, isn't it? We hope you'll be back with us again soon. Best, Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

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Steve W
9 December 2018|
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Response from hitanshu_khatri | Reviewed this property |
Jan is a peak season, and I traveled during this time only.. Trains are available but book in advance else they may get full.. You can visit my blog nextonmap dot c o m or message me for more details...
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vacationer2013432
9 September 2018|
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Response from Robin H | Property representative |
Yes! The train departs Christchurch at 7am, arrives into Picton around 1:30pm, there are two ferries available. Either the 2:15pm ferry or the 6:45pm. If you are booking a thoroghfare (connected journey) your luggage will be... More
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Jeanmcveigh
14 October 2017|
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Response from Robin H | Property representative |
Hi Jeanmcvei, The NZTA are hoping to get the road open again before Christmas, but there is still a lot of work to be done - so there are no guarantees, but it looks favourable. However, the inland route isn't so bad. It... More
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