Coastal Pacific Train - Great Journey's of New Zealand

Coastal Pacific Crossing Kahutara River, Kaikoura

With the sea stretching to the horizon in the east and the Kaikōura mountains stretching to the sky in the west, the Coastal Pacific journey between Picton and Christchurch is one of the most astonishingly beautiful in New Zealand.

The Coastal Pacific is a seasonal train, running from Spring through to Autumn. It runs once daily taking just over 5 hours from the Christchurch Railway Station to Picton, and then another 5 hours for a return journey home.

Whale watching is a must-do Kiwi tourism experience. And the home of whale watching is the coastal village of Kaikōura; it's the ideal spot to experience this wild coast teaming with marine mammals and a stop on the Coastal Pacific trainThe Whale Watch crew have daily trips in search of whales and other marine wildlife such as dolphins and seals.

The Coastal Pacific train can be an ideal option for those wanting to visit Kaikōura in a day, with enough time for whale watching and a quick bite to eat.

Better still, with the flexi or flexi-plus pass, you have the freedom to make as many or as few stops as you like. The railway station is conveniently located central to the Kaikōura township, meaning that when it comes to getting around, most places can be reached by foot. To get from the train to your accommodation, it is worth asking your hotelier for their recommendation (often they'll offer to pick you up!). Otherwise, Kaikōura Shuttles are the go to option for taxi services and transfers.

So whether your journey is from Christchurch to Kaikōura or Picton to Kaikōura, stopping off (or staying put) at this South Island pocket of paradise could be just the adventure you’re after.

 

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Key Themes:

  1. If you are unwell, have been to a place of interest in the last 14-days or are awaiting a covid test please stay home.
  2. Contact tracing is required so we ask you to scan in with the covid tracer app or use the manual sign-in option provided.
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Vaccination Mandates - The Vaccine Pass - Covid19 Protection Framework

From Friday 3rd December 2021 all customers to Whale Watch will be required to present a valid New Zealand Government vaccine pass as part of the New Zealand Governments Covid19 Protection Framework to travel on our tours and enter our premises unless they are exempt.

You are exempt if;

  1. You are ineligible for vaccination.
  2. Children under 12-years and 3-months of age.
  3. People who are clinically exempted.

Please note: You may also be required to show a valid form of ID in the form of a current New Zealand drivers license, Passport or 18+ Kiwi Access Card to validate your ID. Please ensure you have one of these options readily available upon request.

The message from the New Zealand Government is clear. To enjoy the full life everyone in New Zealand deserves, get vaccinated today. If you are already vaccinated, do your best to help your friends and family get their vaccinations so we can all enjoy life within the new system. 

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