OUTDOOR VIEWING CARRIAGE CLOSURE

Following an increasing number of potential safety incidents on KiwiRail’s Great Journeys of New Zealand scenic rail services, the outdoor viewing carriages will be closed until further notice while a safety solution is found. 

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Christchurch Kaikoura Train Rail Day Excursion | Trans Tranz Coastal Pacific Train Trip Journey Tour | TranzCoastal Transcoastal Express

The Coastal Pacific has returned and is operating daily from 01st December 2018 to 28th April 2019. 

The Christchurch to Kaikoura day excursion is a scenic rail journey between Christchurch - the South Island's largest city to Kaikoura - home of whale watching and dolphin swimming.

Your journey takes you north through some of New Zealand's finest horticultural and farmland areas of the Canterbury Plains before travelling along the narrow Pacific Ocean coastline with views of marine wildlife such as seals and penguins to the town of Kaikoura.

You'll have 6 hours to either explore this marine town or take either the optional Whale Watch tour or swim with Dolphins tour before returning to Christchurch.

The Coastal Pacific carriages have advanced air bag suspension system for quieter and smoother travel, un-tinted, non-reflective, panoramic side and roof windows to capture the dramatic coastal and mountain views of the South Island, GPS triggered journey commentary in five languages at your seat via passenger headphones, plus overhead information displays.

All carriages are centrally heated, air-conditioned with on board washroom/toilet facilities, forward facing or 'Table' (4 people around a table) seating allowing you to share experiences through large panoramic windows.

There is an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air and a Café Carriage with a selection of alcoholic and hot/cold drinks, snacks and light meals.

This train connects with the 10.30am Whale Watch tour or the 1.00pm Dolphin Swim.

Whale Watch tour or the Swim with the Dolphins tour is not included in your Day Excursion train fare.

Coastal Pacific Day Excursion - Christchurch-Kaikoura-Christchurch
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