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Coastal Pacific resumes for 2014-15 extended summer season

Media Release

29 September 2014

Coastal Pacific resumes for 2014-15 extended summer season

The Coastal Pacific has resumed service for the upcoming extended summer season.

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys Manager Gavin Rutherford says that the service will be making return trips between Christchurch and Picton each day through until 3 May next year and the support from the local community on the first day has been fantastic.

“We are seeing strong passenger numbers at the start of the season and we are really pleased to see people supporting the Coastal Pacific as it offers a great holiday and travel experience.

“Summer is not far away, so if you are starting to plan your holiday or are visiting family and friends in the South Island, then the Coastal Pacific is the way to get there.

“KiwiRail Scenic Journeys offers a wide range of travel packages for those wanting to experience Canterbury Show Week, go whale watching in Kaikoura, or wine-tasting in Marlborough.

“We also offer Throughfare deals that let you connect directly with the Interislander ferries or Sounds Air flights in Picton to Wellington.”

Gavin says that KiwiRail Scenic Journeys can also help anyone planning a conference, special event, or business meeting in Canterbury by making the experience truly unique and memorable.

“Not only can people sit back and relax as they travel in comfort in the scenic carriages, either to the venue or as part of the conference. Our team can help you with theming of the carriage and we take the hassle out organising the transport.

“The Coastal Pacific is a key feature of the South Island’s tourism industry and our team continues to promote and showcase the experience of seeing our country by train for local travellers and international visitors.”

More information on the timetable, travel deals and escape packages is available on KiwiRail Scenic Journeys’ website at

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