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The Coastal Pacific train, New Zealand

Coastal Pacific

Coastal Pacific, New Zealand

Linking the port of Picton with the city of Christchurch, the Coastal Pacific railway offers a fantastic opportunity to discover the east coast of the South Island.

The tracks pass through the undulating hills and vineyards of the Marlborough region, and trace the east coast through Kaikoura. Around here you have the dramatic peaks of the Kaikoura Range on one side and the crashing South Pacific Ocean on the other - the scenery is incredible.

The journey takes around five hours to complete.

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Other experiences in Picton

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • Lake Wanaka

    Greenshell Mussel Cruise


    Take a gentle cruise through the beautiful inner Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, enjoying the scenery whilst learning about the history of mussel farming in the area, with commentary from your knowledgeable guide.

  • Marlborough Sounds scenery

    Marlborough Sounds Cruise


    Over the course of the trip you will learn about Maori culture and history, and enjoy the amazing bio-diversity of the Sounds whilst slowly sailing round the sheltered inland waterways.

  • Beach, Queen Charlotte Sound

    Queen Charlotte Track Freedom Walk - 4/5 Days


    Board the motor launch that will take you to famous Ship Cove where Captain Cook visited five times to reprovision his ship. From Ship Cove the track climbs, giving you unsurpassed views to the North Island.