- Accommodation - Picton
Accommodation - Kaikoura
Accommodation - Christchurch
Ferry Services from
Wellington to Picton
Bus Services from
Bikes, Pets, Etc
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Passenger Train Services
The Picton to Christchurch train operates between the
delightful port of Picton - the gateway to the Marlborough
Sounds to Kaikoura - home of whale watching and Christchurch -
the South Island’s largest city.
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.
Along the way you pass though the town of Kaikoura, where you can
break your journey to take in whale watching or get up and close by
swimming with the dolphins.
The train's carriages have advanced air bag suspension system
for quieter and smoother travel, un-tinted, non-reflective,
panoramic side and roof windows to capture the dramatic coastal and
mountain views of the magnificent South Island, GPS triggered
journey commentary in five languages at your seat via passenger
headphones, plus information displays and overhead HD video.
carriages are centrally heated, air conditioned with on board
washroom/toilet facilities, forward facing or 'Table' (4 people
around a table) seating allowing you to share experiences through
large panoramic windows.
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.
For mobility-impaired passengers, there are spaces for wheel chairs and a disabled public toilet.
Wheelchair hoists provide access to the café carriage from track
level. For hearing-impaired passengers - a hearing loop covers all of the
café carriage saloon and serving area.
The train is a reserved seating 'One Class/Non Smoking' service.
You can travel on the
Coastal Pacific train on RailBus New
Auckland to Wellington, Christchurch and
Auckland to Rotorua and Christchurch
Christchurch to Wellington, Rotorua and
Auckland scenic travel journeys.
The train connects at Picton with various
Cook Strait ferry
sailings from Wellington in the North Island.
This train connects at Blenheim with various
bus and coach services
This train connects with
bus and coach services at
Stewart Island and
So, sit back and enjoy a genuine kiwi rail experience through the
South Island's north eastern rugged coastline.