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Coastal Pacific Train

Address: Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-495 0775
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Ranked #14 of 124 Activities in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: KiwiRail Scenic Journeys is New Zealand's only long distance passenger train operator. We take...
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: KiwiRail Scenic Journeys is New Zealand's only long distance passenger train operator. We take passengers across New Zealand in comfort and style through some of the most scenic areas of the North and South Islands. It is an experience, not just a journey. The Coastal Pacific is our summer train, traveling between Picton & Christchurch in the South Island between October and April each year. It's a dramatic tour of New Zealand's coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the breath-taking Kaikoura ranges, journeying through 22 tunnels, across 175 bridges and past spectacular wildlife. Coastal Pacific services connect with the Interislander Ferry & Sounds Air Scenic flights in Picton, taking passengers to and from the capital city, Wellington. KiwiRail Scenic also operate the Northern Explorer (previously the Overlander) between Auckland and Wellington, and the TranzAlpine between Christchurch and Greymouth.

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I was really looking forward to this part of my recent trip to New Zealand. I have travelled the coast between Christchurch and Picton in my younger days and knew how scenic it is. Check-in took place at a much smaller Christchurch Railway station than I remembered. At 06:40am we were able to get out tickets with our online pre-puchased... More 

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scunthorpe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We were lucky enough to book a return journey on this train leaving one day and returning the next. We had seats on the coast side of the train facing the engine this enabled us to see the grape vines the livestock and the seals .At times there are dolphins and whales on view in the ocean! The train is... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Our trip on the coastal pacific was combined with a ferry ride from Wellington to Picton. A lovely style to see another way of the journey from Picton to Christchurch - great friendly staff with a good buffet car on the train to provide a variety of nibbles to while away the stress free ride. Well worth doing, and I... More 

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Boston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Clean train which went at a good speed to enable you to see the stunning coast. The staff in the café were really chatty. All very well organised - just remember to get tags on your cases especially if you are going onto the ferry.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The views were amazing - the voice over was great. I loved the entire experience except probably for the breakfast which was a bit small.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This was a fantastic trip. Our family took advantage of the deal including the ferry from Wellington and had two stopovers, one in Picton and one in Kaikoura. The staff were friendly and helpful. The facilities were excellent, clean and spacious. The open viewing car made it feel like a real train journey. The only negative was the toilets were... More 

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Ipswich, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

If you are going from either Christchurch to Picton or Picton to Christchurch this is a must. We travelled on the 27th November 2014 even through it was a 5hr 15 min train trip you didn't notice it as there was so much to see. The scenery was magnificent lots to see. From the ocean, mountains, snow capped mountains, rivers,... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

My mum is visiting from overseas so we all had a treat and caught the train up to Kaikoura where we alighted to join a whale watch trip. We have been on this train a couple of times in the last few years, all the way up to Picton, and never get tired of the amazing scenery. This time round... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Lovely trip up the coast to Blenheim, such a nice way to travel with lovely service from the staff. Was nice and easy from booking, to check in and boarding. Loved that we can bring our own food with us, and liquor was affordable. I would highly recommend travellign this train route at least once, great way to take in... More 

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Battle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We travelled on this train with a stop-over at Kaikoura fo whale-watching. Great way to experience NZ countryside without all the fuss of driving and the chance to enjoy a glass of wine as well. Good service and ran on time.

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