New Zealand’s Coastal Pacific railway back on track after Kaikoura earthquake

South Island’s scenic Christchurch to Picton rail journey reopens on Saturday after earthquake damage led to closure in 2016

One of the world’s greatest scenic rail routes has reopened on New Zealand’s South Island after being closed for two years following the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016.

The Coastal Pacific train route, part of which hugs the coastline, was damaged by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 14 November 2016, that also destroyed homes and roads, killing two people. Landslides caused miles of train track to fall into the sea, and the damage to the Main North railway line meant that a third of rail operator KiwiRail’s routes in the region were out of action for over two years.

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