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Coastal Pacific Train

Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Ranked #9 of 129 Attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
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... more » 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. « less
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Providence, Rhode Island
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

train was clean and comfortable, not crowded and has a wonderful position along the coast. we could see dolphins in the water. a wonderful way to cover a lot of ground without driving.

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Rome, Italy
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72 reviews 72 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

one day journey from Chch to Picton, and then by ferry to Wellington, without the commitment of driving the car for hundreds of km. Spectacular view from the windows and from the open wagon were you can take photos. seats are the ones of a standard 2nd class, not very comfortable. Lunch and snacks are great, at reasonable prices, and... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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81 reviews 81 reviews
47 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Devote a day taking this wonderful train, one of the best rail journeys in the world, through to the West Coast and see engineering feats, fantastic views of rugged NZ scenery and listen to an excellent commentary. At Cass look at the "station" and remember Rita Angus's great painting of Cass! I recommend this trip for any train lover and... More

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Mandurah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Our Interislander Ferry was running a few minutes late so we had a quick walk to the Picton train station and boarded out train immediately, luckily all our luggage had been transferred without a problem. We have driven on the Christchurch to Picton road before and so it was a sheer delight to just sit back and take in all... More

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Essex
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We checked our booking at Picton station on arrival from North Island on the ferry in March only to be told that the train was not running for at least a few days because of mechanical failure. It might be running in 4 days time when we had booked for but it might not. If not there was a bus... More

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Dorking, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The train is very comfortable, but turn up and go hasn't yet hit NZ Railways. We sat around in the waiting room (at the crack of dawn) with the train in the platform and a man tinkering on his computer behind a wire screen for half an hour. We could have had another half an hour in bed or been... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great scenery. Clean carriages with very helpful staff. Very interesting and worthwhile train trip. We did the worst first (TransAlpine) then did this one and it was so much better. Highly recommended.

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I have traveled on this train and the connecting ferry a number of times and enjoyed every trip, even in the rain, although it is better on a sunny day. Sometimes the train is so close to the sea, you can watch the surfers riding the waves. For parts of the route the road and rail run parallel, but there... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

such breath taking scenery -- saltworks, kaikours and north canterbury farmlands. seeing whales and seals. a definite must do train journey.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My husband and I decided to take a train journey for our anniversary so traveled from Picton to Christchurch with a stopover in Kaikoura. The train journey itself was fantastic. It had clean toilets, ample plug points for charging of our devices, comfortable seating and tables and a good selection of food and drink. It was great to sit back,... More

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