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Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride

  • Ride one segment or take the whole spectacular journey
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces are great for sightseeing
  • GPS-triggered audio helps you explore the landscape
Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride
From US$73.00
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10.5 hour train journey from Wellington to Auckland
Wellington to National Park
5.25 hour train journey from Wellington to National Park
National Park to Auckland
5.5 hour train journey from National Park to Auckland
Travel from Wellington to Tongariro National Park or Auckland by train for a scenic ride that passes through the Kapiti Coast, the Waikato countryside, and the Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu mountains. With well-appointed carriages and outdoor viewing decks, the train from Wellington to Auckland is a beautiful way to see the North Island, and GPS-triggered audio commentary is available through headsets at every seat.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Wellington Railway Station or the train station in Tongariro National Park, where you’ll board a train heading north. The journey passes through a mix of farmland, rural towns, and coastline, but the three volcanoes of Tongariro National Park are a scenic highlight; rail enthusiasts will be love the Raurimu Spiral that helps the train climb the dramatic slope.

You’ll see lava flows, snow fields, and forests of beech trees while the GPS-triggered audio commentary fills you in on the passing landmarks. The trains are equipped with dining carriages that have drinks, snacks, and light meals available for purchase, and by the time you arrive at Tongariro National Park or the Auckland Railway Station, you’ll have covered some of the North Island’s most remarkable scenery.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Awesome trip on the Northern Explorer

We treated ourselves for our anniversary and travelled down from Auckland on the train. The check in at the station was easy and once our luggage had been stowed in the baggage cart and after getting a hot drink from the buffet cart, we found...More

Thank ScotsguyKiwigirl
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic journey - perfect for families

Loved this journey. Had done it before but that was many years ago. I took my daughter for her 9th birthday to Wellington by train. We loved the fact that we could walk around any time we wanted to and could visit the open air...More

Thank Hammerpaul68
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Train to Auckland

What a relaxing way to get to Auckland Got on at Palmerston North stop Went outside as was told by the commentary advised as we were going over viaducts Commentary was very hit and miss Very informative at times We learnt a lot about the...More

1  Thank Carl B
Reviewed 2 July 2018
Great Views, Wish The Sun Was Out.

The train from Wellington to Auckland is an all-day affair, so bring lots of snacks (11 hours) or prepare to spend a bunch in the café car. There is a great open air observation car that wouldn't be allowed in the States travelling at 70mph....More

Thank MarkStephenSouder
Robin H, Online Crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi MarkStephenSouder, thanks for writing us another kind review! The viewing car is a great way to feel closer to the scenery and take good photos - but definitely remember to rug up warm in the winter! It's a shame that there was some cloud...More

Reviewed 1 July 2018

Departure 7:55 Arrival 18:50 In wellington your ‘voucher’ needs to be exchanged to a valid ticket at ticket office Nr. 6 before you board the train. Your luggage will be labeled and tacking care off on wagon after the locomotive. There are 4 seat wagons,...More

1  Thank Erwin H
Robin H, Online Crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Erwin H, thanks for the 5-Star review and for the great insights! The viewing carriage (typically the last wagon), is a great place to take some good pictures! All the best, Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

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Anita T
19 April 2018|
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
Yes you would need to catch a flight from Auckland to Wellington. There isva fairly rough map on NZ Rail web site but not a lot of detail