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Before the earthquake the Coastal Pacific carried about 43,000 passengers into the Marlborough/Kaikoura regions during the summer season Before the earthquake the Coastal Pacific carried about 43,000 passengers into the Marlborough/Kaikoura regions during the summer season

Coastal Pacific Scenic Train Service Back on the Rails

One of New Zealand's great rail journeys, KiwiRail’s Coastal Pacific scenic journey, is to roll again from December 01 this year, two years after the service was put on hold while the railway line was rebuilt following the Kaikoura earthquake.

The rail journey between Picton, at the northern end of the South Island, and Christchurch on the eastern coast is a journey beginning (or ending) at Picton, in the Marlborough Sounds, passing through the Marlborough wine region, and following a dramatic coastline south to Christchurch.

The six-hour train trip includes 98 km travelling along the rugged Pacific coastline. It also journeys through 22 tunnels and crosses 175 bridges. Bookings are expected to fill up quickly, according to Alan Piper, general manager, sales and commercial, KiwiRail.