One of the best ways to really see New Zealand’s ever-changing landscapes unfold and explore some of this country’s special places, unique attractions and outdoor activities is by including the train in your trip. KiwiRail's scenic journeys take you through lush farmland and forests, over historic feats of railway engineering, past active volcanoes and alpine tussock land, across wild gorges and broad rivers, beside the dramatic seascapes and soaring mountains. You can use different fare options to stop off along the way and take a little more time discovering what heartland New Zealand is all about.
The Coastal Pacific journey travels from Christchurch to Picton and returns daily.
This memorable journey between Chistchurch and Picton stops at Blenheim and the renowned whale watching town of Kaikoura. Along 98 kilometres of ruggedly beautiful coastline you’ll get astonishingly close to the surging Pacific Ocean and steeply rising Kaikoura Ranges.
You’ll also travel through beautiful wine growing regions, across broad, braided rivers and the rich patchwork
farming landscape of the Canterbury Plains.