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Coastal Pacific Train Journey from Christchurch to Picton

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Coastal Pacific Train Journey from Christchurch to Picton

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icon5 hours 40 minutes  (approx.)
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Perhaps New Zealand’s most scenic railway, the Coastal Pacific follows the South Island’s rugged Kaikoura coastline, with dramatic windblown seascapes to the right and enormous, native bush-clad mountains to the left. The journey by train from Christchurch to Picton offers an unrivaled opportunity to enjoy this landscape’s rugged beauty in comfort and class.
  • Cruise along tracks breathtakingly close to the expansive and wild Pacific Ocean
  • Lookout for myriad sea and birdlife, including fur seals and maybe even dolphins
  • Enjoy the comfort, luxury and style of award-winning, world-class carriages
  • Listen to GPS-triggered audio commentary with headphones attached to every seat
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GST (Goods and Services Tax)
GPS-triggered audio commentary
One way Rail Journey
Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Christchurch Railway Station , Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
7:00 AM
Picton Railway Station , Picton 7220, New Zealand
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if travelling with a wheelchair
  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure and check in at the station to receive your boarding pass
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Great Journeys of New Zealand
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Coastal Pacific Train Journey from Christchurch to Picton?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Comfort in Kaikoura
, Jun 2021
Being able to travel along the earthquake repaired Kaikoura Coast with its magnificent coastline. To experience the excellent comfort in a very upmarket carriage with a great expanse of window. The food and drink available were also excellent
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Kia Ora David, Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are so pleased to hear you had a great journey with us. Travelling by train is a brilliant way to sight see New Zealand whilst sitting back and relaxing with food and beverages. We hope you will join us again soon! Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Great train trip.
, Feb 2020
Very comfortable seating. Train left on time. Bags checked through to Wellington, a big plus for us. Scenic journey.
Traumatized passengers.
, Feb 2020
The train ride was excellent and the staff was helpful with one exception. Our party of five included all seniors one of which required a wheelchair. Even though the staff was attentive to her needs, they did not inform us how to get to the Bluebridge ferry. After waiting 25 min and no shuttle arrived. We began walking in the rain dragging all our luggage and the wheelchair person pushing luggage in the chair. The ferry to leave before we knew we could get there walking for a mile. Eventually A good samaritan loaded his van with us and all our luggage. The ferry was not leaving on time so we were able to make it there just before it left! Train personnel should have informed or helped us to obtain transportation to the ferry.
Something a little different
, Feb 2020
On the day of travel, Feb 10, the train hit a truck. The staff on board were very professional and, caring, organising alternative transport with minimal fuss. Impressive
Train meander.
, Jan 2020
Being a family we were seated at a table. We all enjoyed the trip. The fod was good. Perhaps the commentary could be a it more expanded, eg, more history, what crops and cattle breeds we see out the windows, more aout the wine areas.
, Oct 2019
Fantastic trip staff brilliant clean professional. Food selection very good. At $165 one way quiet expensive only down side.

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