Northern Explorer Journey - Auckland to Wellington by Train

Duration: 330 to 630 minutes
Destination: New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland

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  • 330 to 630 minutes
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


New Zealand's longest running passenger service, the Northern Explorer is a long distance scenic train service running between Auckland and Wellington. Experience the extremes of New Zealand's scenery, from the fertile farmlands of Waikato to the volcanic peaks of the Central Plateau and the sparkling Kapiti Coast.

Travel through rolling green farmland, past quaint country towns and along rocky coasts. The journey through Tongariro National Park, with its three spectacular volcanic mountains- Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu- is a highlight, a place of extremes and surprises, where snow-blanketed fields, ancient lava flows and dense beech forests can be seen side by side. Traverse stunning river gorges and wind through the Raurimu Spiral near National Park, an amazing feat of railway engineering. 

While on board enjoy the journey in award winning world class carriages with specially designed seats. Awaken your senses in the open air viewing decks or sit back and enjoy the GPS triggered audio commentary available through headphones at every seat. All trains have a licensed café carriage providing snacks and light meals.

  • One Way Rail Journey
  • GPS triggered audio commentary
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and Drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if travelling with a wheelchair.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure and check in at the station to receive your boarding pass
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Departure Point

Auckland Strand, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Departure Time

7:45 AM

Return Details

Wellington Railway Station, Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


330 to 630 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Kathy G

03 Jul, 2019

The Northern Explorer is a very well operated train. The operators are super friendly and helpful. The countryside, while at times ordinary, offered a clear picture of the pastoral life of its residents: sheep, goats, cattle, horses, and the ocassional llama pepper the rolling hills. The views from the train are pretty spectacular at many places, and the conductor slowed down for us to take photos. If you're going to Wellington from Auckland, and you have a day to get there, I highly recommend this train!

Sentijna B

22 Jan, 2020

It was great!
The personal very friendly and helpful.
One minus point: coffee-cappuccino-wasn’t good, must better.

Sandra P

16 Jul, 2019

We had a relaxing trip from Auckland to Wellington. As the weather was poor there was nothing to see except fog for 5 hours then rain. The seats were comfortable the temperature of the carriage was good. The food was also of a good quality and standard.

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