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Christchurch to Picton Train Service

This train service will operate from 26 September 2014 to 3 May 2015 only

The Christchurch to Picton train operates between Christchurch - the South Island’s largest city to Kaikoura - home of whale watching and the delightful port of Picton - the gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

Your journey takes you north through horticultural and farmland areas of the northern Canterbury Plains to the rugged coastline with the 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 the wine growing region of Blenheim, 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 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.

All 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 Coastal Pacific train is a reserved seating 'One Class/Non Smoking' service.

You can travel on this train on RailBus New Zealand's Auckland to Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown or Christchurch to Rotorua and Auckland scenic travel journeys.

The Coastal Pacific train connects at Picton with various Cook Strait ferry sailings to and from Wellington in the North Island.

This train service connects with bus services at Blenheim to Queenstown, Greymouth and Nelson.

You can take a day excursion from Christchurch to Kaikoura travelling on the Coastal Pacific train.

So, sit back and enjoy a genuine kiwi rail experience through the South Island's north eastern rugged coastline.