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The Coastal Connection is a ferry and train or bus scenic experience
between the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
Your journey can start from either, Christchurch, Kaikoura or
Wellington and involves a ferry cruise between Wellington and Picton
crossing Cook Strait separating the North and South Islands and the
Christchurch to Picton coach journey between Picton, Kaikoura and
Your Coastal Connection experience starts with a ferry sailing from
Wellington, which has one of the most picturesque harbours in the
world, crossing the Cook Strait waters before entering the
magnificent Marlborough Sounds - a collection of sea-drowned sparsely populated,
steep wooded hill valleys with small quiet bays, being a
natural scenic wonder.
Your Cook Strait ferry offers a range of on board facilities for you
to enjoy as you view of some of New Zealand's most unique scenery.
Enjoy a movie, a drink in the bar and anything from a snack to a
three course meal from the Food Court, a nursery, onboard shop, 3
large passenger lounges, work stations, children's play area, plenty
of outdoor deck space and friendly onboard crew.
Your ferry journey ends at Picton where you have time to experience
the environment of this unique town with it's unique scenery and
attractions such as the Aquarium or the Edwin Fox Museum to name a
few, before boarding the Christchurch to Picton bus or train to Kaikoura
The Picton to Christchurch bus or train, travels down the eastern coast
of the South Island, passing through the local Marlborough
vineyards, Lake Grassmere Salt Ponds to the coast and the mighty
seaward Kaikoura Ranges to Kaikoura, which is famous
for viewing whales, marine, bird life and dolphin swimming.
Why not break your journey and stay overnight in Kaikoura, to take
an optional trip to see the whales, or swim with the Dolphins before
continuing your train or coach trip to Christchurch the next day.
The Coastal Connection offers the convenience of one bus/ferry or
ticket and travel.
The Coastal Connection service connects with
bus and coach services
Stewart Island and
Queenstown and from
Tongariro National Park,