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Coastal Pacific Train

Climb aboard one of the most picturesque journeys on New Zealand railways, travelling along the Pacific coast between Picton and Christchurch. Meanders breathtakingly close to the sea, where the roaring Pacific Ocean meets the rising Kaikōura mountains, the journey delivers spectacular views, hard to find with any alternative mode of transport.

Taking just over five hours each way, you’ll pass everything from craggy coastal cliffs and rocky outcrops to modern vineyards and rustic farmsteads, a full spectrum of local culture and character. Throw in a healthy dose of seals, seagulls, dolphins and the occasional whale, and the Coastal Pacific train easily ranks as one of best days you’ll spend touring New Zealand.

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