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December return for New Zealand's spectacular Coastal Pacific train

Considered one of the best train journeys in the world, New Zealand’s panoramic Coastal Pacific railway will reopen from the December 1st, 2018. This South Island route is now taking bookings and is a trip that should be on most bucket lists.

Rail journeys will always have their place in the travel world. There is just something about a set route and the idealised image of a train journey that will forever entice the eager traveller. The Coastal Pacific, famed for its route, closed in 2016 after the devastating earthquakes that hit Christchurch and Kaikoura. Due to a landslide clearing along its route, the popular tourist destination has been closed for some time.

Its sister journey, the Tranzalpine which traverses through Arthur’s Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth, is also a trip worth taking and can be enjoyed both in winter and summer. Both carriages offer panoramic windows, skylights and an outdoor viewing carriage which lends itself to taking some stunning photo opportunities.

You can now book from the beginning of December and running up to April 2019. However, you should expect it to sell up quickly as the popular attraction is in high demand after its long unexpected hiatus.