Pacific (formerly TranzCoastal) train
operates between Picton on the northeastern tip of New Zealand's
South Island and the city of Christchurch, approximately 340km (211
miles) to the south.
The line follows the rugged Pacific Island coast against a
backdrop of two mountain ranges; namely, the Seaward and Inland
Kaikoura Ranges. Along the way, passengers can take advantage of
the Coastal Pacific's open viewing carriage and
single-class carriages with large windows.
South of Picton, the route passes through Marlborough, arguably
New Zealand's best wine growing area, before stretching ahead
between the mountains and the sea to Christchurch, known as the
most 'English' of New Zealand's cities. The Coastal
Pacific train is equipped with a buffet car for the
convenience of passengers.