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Coastal Pacific Train

Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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An ace up the sleeve

I love coming on the coastal pacific train! The seats are comfy, the windows are huge and easy to... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2017
New Zealand
via mobile
Well worth doing.

We did the trip from Christchurch to Blenheim and return. Seats are comfy and the carrages have... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2016
Lynley S
Timaru, New Zealand
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 07:15 - 18:35
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775

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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

5  Thank reginaphalanges
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.

Thank Lynley S
Reviewed 19 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.

Thank Stjudemomcat
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Lovely big windows to look out of, comfortable chairs (must sit on right side of train to be on the coast) Small cafe on board to buy drinks and snacks.

Thank Sacha118
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is a relaxed way to see the coast. No traffic, no big slow trucks, or worse, really fast ones, and no campervans. The highway is good and hugs the coast in places, but the railway goes along stretches of coast where there are no...More

1  Thank blueduck49
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were heading through to Palmerston North for a family birthday, we decided to take the trip in different style. Rather than fly to the Nth Island we chose to take the train were we could sit back enjoy the scenery have...More

3  Thank JamieKarl1
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

We loved this journey from Picton to Christchurch by rail after travelling from Wellington via the ferry that morning. We grabbed some rolls at the Subway store at the train station prior to jumping on board to keep the troops happy with something freshly made....More

3  Thank Kimberley H
Reviewed 21 May 2016

We decided to do a long weekend trip. We would leave the car in Wellington, take the ferry to Picton, train from Picton to Christchurch, Tranz Alpine the next day and then fly back to Wellington to drive home. As you step off the ferry,...More

3  Thank crosis
Reviewed 18 May 2016

We took the Interislander ferry and boarded the train after we landed at Picton. We travelled to Kaikoura where we met the coach again. The trip went through more parts of the countryside we would not have seen if we had done the journey fully...More

1  Thank Liz C
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Had our breakfast on the train as we journeyed toward Picton. A wonderful trip with amazing scenery. Loved it .

Thank Sue W
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Questions & Answers
14 October 2017|
Response from GreatJourneysofNZ | 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
11 September 2017|
Response from GreatJourneysofNZ | Property representative |
Good Morning Christine, Sadly, the Coastal Pacific is still out of action. The Earthquake created a lot of damage along the coast and to the rail lines. Have you been on the TranzAlpine? It is breathtaking! Best of... More
Christian J
29 August 2017|
Response from GreatJourneysofNZ | Property representative |
Hi Christian, Fares varied, with off peak and peak pricing and cheaper fares for locals. However, typically the prices were the same as you'll find for Christchurch to Greymouth on the TranzAlpine. By the way, we are... More