The Christchurch to Kaikoura train service operates between
Christchurch - the South Island’s largest city to Kaikoura -
home of whale watching and onto the delightful port of Picton - the
gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.
journey takes you through the wine growing region of Blenheim to the
rugged Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train, the
Pacific Ocean coastline on the other with views of marine wildlife
such as seals and penguins to some of New Zealand’s finest
horticultural and farmland areas of the Canterbury Plains all
from the comfort of your carriage.
If you travelling onto Picton and the North Island, you stay in the
town of Kaikoura, where you take a whale watching tour or get up and
close by swimming with the dolphins or see the various marine life
that surrounds Kaikoura.
carriages are centrally heated, air conditioned with on board
washroom/toilet facilities, 'Table' (4 people around a table)
or forward facing reclining seating allowing you to share experiences through large panoramic
There is an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are
awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air and a Café Carriage offering a
selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic hot/cold drinks, snacks and light meals.
This train is a reserved seating 'One Class/Non Smoking' service.
This train connects at Picton with various Cook Strait ferry
sailings to Wellington in the North Island.
So, sit back and enjoy a genuine kiwi rail experience through the
South Island's north eastern rugged coastline.