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Northern Explorer Train

Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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The Great Journeys of New Zealand operate a network of long distance passenger trains and inter-island ferries. We take passengers across New Zealand in comfort and style through some of the most scenic areas of the North and South Islands. The Northern Explorer is The Great Journeys of New Zealand's Auckland to Wellington train. This epic journey roams through the heart of the North Island, through an array of changing landscapes of sea coasts, farmlands, river viaducts and the volcanic Central Plateau. The service operates a 6 day timetable. The Auckland to Wellington train departs on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and the Wellington to Auckland train departs on Tuesday, Friday & Sunday.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“national park” (40 reviews)
“viewing car” (29 reviews)
“north island” (78 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

11.5 Hours to get to Wellington, but time flew by. Comfortable air conditioned carriages with a viewing carriage to take photos. Great selection of food and drink and reasonable prices. Not suitable for kids under 5 as would be a long trip for you and...More

Thank Changi11
Reviewed 1 week ago

The train was 15 minutes late getting away and lost another 15 minutes on the journey to Hamilton, however, it was a great rail journey. We could relax and enjoy the scenery. Ruapehu still had good snow cover so that was a bonus. Saw some...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice ride from Auckland to Wellington. The staff of the train was amazing. They have nice food and of course the view is one of the best thing in this trip. Mostly the people is old and I think is not a good idea for...More

Thank Roland O
TGJNZ, Social team at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Roland O, Thanks for the great review. We agree, it is a long trip for young families. However there are lots of good spots along the way to stop at for a night - including Waitomo Caves, Tongoriro National Park and Ohakune - and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago


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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great way to see north island in 10 hours train ride. The train wasn't packed and only haul 3 cars of passengers (plus a diner car and viewing car) As we travel in November. I think it is a better choice to do from Wellington...More

Thank kitty1104
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We caught the train in Hamilton. We were fortunate with the weather as it was fine and cloudy when we left and the cloud lifted giving us a wonderful view of the mountains etc. A great stress free way to travel with views you don't...More

Thank Faye D
TGJNZ, Social team at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Hi Faye D, Thanks for the five-star review. We put a lot of hard work into making our journeys incredibly relaxing - and we are really pleased to hear our efforts have paid off! :-) We hope to see you again soon on one of...More

Reviewed 8 November 2017

It is an 11 hour ride from Auckland to Melbourne, so it is a journey. However that being said, it was a great opportunity to see the country side. The seats were comfortable, and you are provided with earphones at no charge for periodic commentary...More

Thank EddieA1
TGJNZ, Social team at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi EddieA1, Thanks for the great review. We are guessing you went to Wellington rather than Melbourne, which is a spectacular 650km long journey. There are stops en-route that are well worth spending a day or two. In particular, the Tongoriro National Park with its...More

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29 November 2017|
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Response from Sandra S | Reviewed this property |
I only travelled between National Park (yes, it is a remote site)/Wellington, I would suggest you see if there is a local operator who can arrange sightseeing, etc. On the Auckland/National Park section you get to view the... More
12 November 2017|
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Response from Sandra S | Reviewed this property |
I would concur if you are travelling up from Wellington on the right and the left is travelling from Auckland. A table is a good is a good idea, if you can reserve seating. I would say that I could see either side of the... More
28 October 2017|
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Response from SurreyLocal | Reviewed this property |
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