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“open carriage”(8 reviews)
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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

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 5 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

We're Auckland-based and thought we'd give the train a go (and flew back). On a Saturday it was perhaps 40-50% full so we had a table and 4 places for the two of us. Train left on time, made up a lot of time before...More

1  Thank JawnBC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very relaxing way to see the sights of the North Island of New Zealand. The commentary was first class. The staff were so helpful and the seating arrangements comfortable. I'd highly recommend you try this mode of travel as an alternative to...More

Thank KiaOraCuz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did this trip in July 2018 after reading about it and seeing pictures. I was not disappointed. The virus you get to see from the train are great. It is a lång ride, 10 jours, but well worth it. I very much enjoyed the...More

Thank roken2000
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 4 weeks ago

lovely journey from Wellington to Auckland. As we handed rental car back at Wellington, this was the last leg of our trip and makes it something else to look forward to when your getting to that end of an holiday feeling.

Thank SinclairsS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Six of us took the train from Auckland to Wellington in November 2017. We broke our journey with a two day stopover in Ohakune. If you have young children, I'd suggest doing this as the non-stop trip is a bit of a long day otherwise....More

Thank MgDginOZ
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We had 6 weeks in New Zealand as a follow up from a visit in 2015. Although there were places we wanted to return to we thought it would be good to visit different places to them via different transport routes. We therefore chose to...More

Thank lin4197
Reviewed 9 July 2018

I actually bought my ticket on the day of departure due to bad weather in the national park, having said that I didn't find it expensive for a same day booking. It cost me 79 NZD one way. The train ride even in rainy/cloudy weather...More

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19 July 2018|
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Response from Tekakariki | Reviewed this property |
It will all depend on the weather. I’ve seen everything from just mist to spectacular views. I’d say stay a night in National Park or nearby and then you can at least go for a walk. Good luck!
Lovely S
24 May 2018|
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Response from Raj_Josh | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember names of places but first three hours journey, starting from Wellington side is quite outstanding, rest is nothing. Pl. read my review.
16 April 2018|
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Response from pandd1946 | Reviewed this property |
We booked in June 2017 for February 2018 trip through our local travel agent,have a good trip.