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Northern Explorer Train

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Address: Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand (Formerly Overlander)
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KiwiRail Scenic is New Zealand's only long distance passenger train...

KiwiRail Scenic is New Zealand's only long distance passenger train network. We take passengers across New Zealand in comfort and style through some of the most scenic areas of the North and South Islands. It is an experience not just a journey. The Northern Explorer between Auckland & Wellington is a unique journey through the heart of the North Island, through an array of changing landscapes of sea coasts, farmlands, river viaducts and the central volcanic plateau. The service operates a 6 day timetable, departing Auckland on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and Wellington on Tuesday, Friday & Sunday.

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Its very nice. .luv the views ..Lovely train

Enjoyed our trip from wgtn to Auckland on the train. Stunning views. .very easy to see everthing from anywhere in the train. My partner went outside on the viewing one but said... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoyed our trip from wgtn to Auckland on the train. Stunning views. .very easy to see everthing from anywhere in the train. My partner went outside on the viewing one but said it was crowded. Couple of points. .if you are vegetarian like me. .i pre ordered the vege lasagna, was disappointed with it..the taste of it was overwhelmed by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have recently completed the train journey from Wellington to Auckland. It has been on our wish list for some years. The journey started on 19 March and finished on 26 March with two stops enroute. Ohakune was a fabulous stop. Beautiful place to visit, loads to do. Otorohanga was not a good choice for stop but we wanted to... More 

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Thank Gillian G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We traveled from wgtn to akld great trip staff very helpful seating was fine a spacious seating toilets were clean food was ok all microwaved but ok coffee great the only thing was the commentary it only worked sometimes the timing wasn't right and Noone eplained how to work the headsets once I found out how I had 2 show... More 

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Thank Pat W
Midlothian, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we really enjoyed the train ride, the Strand Station was a bit hard to find for our cabbie, but the ride on the train was a lot of fun, it was a very comfortable ride and was a very restful day and way to see this fantastic country. Highly recommend this train if you are wanting to see the countryside... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I decided to take the Northern Explorer Train from Palmerston North to Auckland, with a 4 day stop off in Hamilton. Very comfortable seating, huge panorama windows, well stocked buffet doing sandwiches ,hot meals, wines and beers, coffee and tea. The highlight of this train is the viewing carriage which allows you great photo opportunities as the train slows when... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Northern Explorer Train is definitely something that you need to do while in New Zealand. If you are doing the entire duration, it's an 11hr journey! So be prepared! Dresses comfortably and come with a great frame of mind. And just do the one way, Auckland to Wellington or vice versa. You will be rewarded with the amazing scenery... More 

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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have just spent a month in New Zealand , which is incredibly beautiful and so as part of the trip I decided to travel back from Wellington, where I had been staying, to Auckland using the northern Explorer I wasn't disappointed, it was a fantastic journey. The weather was overcast so some of the views were obscured but that... More 

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Kula, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the ride from Auckland to Wellington, but after 11 hours I was past ready to get off. Great scenery, well stocked diner with reasonable prices, and a nice open viewing car. The seats had audio ports with commentary off and on the entire length of the trip. There were electric sockets under the seats, but there were no... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am fascinated with public transport in New Zealand. I am here for 10 years and be surprise all the time. Trains are modern and absolutely clean and organised. Staff are happy all times and very helpfull. I highly recommend.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

New Zealand could teach the world how to offer first class service with a friendly smile and a genuine desire to assist visitors. The purpose of this visit was to travel on the Northern Explorer between Wellington & Auckland. There were no disappointments and the journey was helped with perfect weather. The carriages were comfortable and the scenery was best... More 

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