Coastal Pacific Open-air Viewing Carriage

Get closer to nature by stepping outdoors into our Open-air Carriages and breathing in our magnificent New Zealand scenery

Coastal Pacific Approaching Oaro 2019 RH4871 1000x560
Coastal Pacific approaching Kaikoura
Coastal Pacific at the Papatea Faultline


Get closer to New Zealand's stunning scenery 

Step outside into our Coastal Pacific Open-air Viewing Carriage and fill your senses with magnificent views, sea breezes, and salty air.

During the hot summer months, the Open-air Viewing Carriage is a great place to get some fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors while on the move. You can whittle away the hours chatting and gazing out upon spectacular scenery and wildlife as you glide alongside beaches and cliffs.

Picture perfect

The Coastal Pacific Open-air Carriage has always been the perfect place for capturing huge panoramic views of New Zealand's incredible Pacific coast on camera. With our redesigned carriages, it is now much easier to get ready, get steady, and shoot!


Late afternoon on Mangamaumu Bay
Photographing the Coastal Pacific approaching Oaro
Photographing birds on the Coastal Pacific train



Explore our Scenic experience

TranzAlpine In the Cafe Carriage RH4084 730x504

Take a break in our Cafe

Explore our Scenic Cafe, where you'll find hot and cold food and drinks to feast upon along with the views
Explore the Cafe
Scenic Class Commentary RH8131 730x504

Follow the stories of our land

Connect with the histories and stories of New Zealand by tuning into our GPS triggered Audio Commentary
Learn more
Coastal Pacific Looking down on Blenheim from Dashwood Pass

Scenic Carriages

Cruise along the South Island's sunny Pacific coast by booking your seat in our Coastal Pacific Scenic Class
Explore more