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Coastal Pacific Train

273 reviews
Christchurch, New Zealand
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like train travel, then this is a must do adventure. The toilets were the best I’ve ever encountered on a train

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been waiting for this train to recommence and it didn’t disappoint, except for the lack of viewing carriage. Train was very clean and comfortable. Taking photos was a challenge due to no viewing carriage and glare bouncing off the windows but overall great trip. Stopped...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 15, 2019 via mobile

Day trip to Kaikoura on the Coastal Pacific Train which left Christchurch at 7 am. Food in the cafe carriage was delicious. Train was an hour late back into Christchurch as it didn’t get to Addington Station until 9.30 pm instead of 8.30 pm.More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank nzski2014
Robin H, Online Crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2019

Hi nzski2014, Thanks for the lovely review! I'm happy to hear you had a good trip to Kaikoura and I'm glad you enjoyed the on-board cafe! We're very sorry for the delay into Christchurch, I hope this didn't impact your trip too much. All the...More

Reviewed April 11, 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
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Robin H, Online Crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 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 April 7, 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 April 10, 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 April 3, 2019 via mobile

The New Zealand Coastal Pacific Train is one of the greatest coastal trains in the world. At a relaxing pace, it twists and turns through idyllic farmland, vineyards, across rivers, through tunnels, and along spectacular coastal scenery. It travels between Christchurch and Picton on the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank ArizonaMatt
Robin H, Online Crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2019

Hi ArizonaMatt, Thanks for writing us a 5-star review! Because we travel at a relaxing pace, it gives our passengers time to really take in the scenery - and look out for dolphins off the coast! All the best, Emily | The Great Journeys of...More

Reviewed April 2, 2019 via mobile

If you have the opportunity to do this train journey then it’s a must!! I can not express how much we enjoyed it. We booked online which was very easy and we had the option to preorder food and drink. Which we did. It was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Robin H, Online Crew at Coastal Pacific Train, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2019

Hi Butchers_boi, Thanks so much for writing us an awesome review! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your journey to Picton with us and we're glad you got to see some seals and whales on your trip :-) All the best, Emily | The...More

Reviewed April 1, 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 April 10, 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

Reviewed March 28, 2019 via mobile

Rent a car and drive instead. The train passes some interesting scenery and the seats are comfortable, which should make this an interesting trip for the foreign tourist. Unfortunately, it might not turn out that way. The train leaves Christchurch at 7am, and the problem...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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December 8, 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
September 8, 2018|
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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
October 13, 2017|
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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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