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Northern Explorer Train

Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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A lovely way to see the countryside

Four of us booked the Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington, it was a winters day but the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Selkirk, United Kingdom
via mobile
Stunning views

We boarded from Paraparaumu and travelled to Auckland. Pros: The views! Incredible!! What a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rebekah F
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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.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“viewing car” (28 reviews)
“north island” (72 reviews)
Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Four of us booked the Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington, it was a winters day but the sun was shining, what a great way to see the countryside. Heading south, the tannoy system keeps you updated with where you are and what there is...More

Thank RacJac
Reviewed 1 week ago

We boarded from Paraparaumu and travelled to Auckland. Pros: The views! Incredible!! What a fabulous way to see parts of NZ that you just can not view from the road. The rivers and viaducts are amazing and we were lucky enough to have such a...More

Thank Rebekah F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the worst train trip I have ever been on. The train is very noisy & bumpy ride,seats are crambed in with tables, commentary is very hard to hear, food is expensive train was 40 minutes late at Otorohanga, more delays on the track...More

2  Thank Helen C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time on the train travelling from Hamilton to Wellington for a long weekend. Why I say Beware is that the allocation of seats is random. You cannot chose your seat when you book. We were given seats opposite eachother around a table that seats...More

2  Thank Sassysas1970
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had high expectations of this train trip having been on the Trans Alpine 2 years ago . Our trip ended up being 12 hours duration with the on going delays on the trip, one of which the train driver got sick and train delayed for...More

1  Thank chrissyanddave1955
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful, relaxing way to see the beautiful, very varied landscape of the western spine of NZ's North Island -- including the magnificent volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. This scenic rail journey is a day-long trip between Wellington and Auckland. It goes north some days...More

2  Thank KurtAndWendy
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Our Wellington to Auckland train journey in early May was a real treat. It's a great way to see the part of the North Island from a different view than the highway. Our seats were very comfortable with a table in front so we could...More

3  Thank Linda S
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Northern explorer train journey has bee on my bucket list for a long time. Amazing day. Comfortable carriages great food and drink. The crew on the train were really good,nothing was a problem to them. Can really recommend this trip. Views great.

2  Thank Keith C
Reviewed 10 May 2017

I had booked to travel on the 6th of May as part of a 3 week roadtrip with my mum who had flown from the UK. However late night on the 4th I had to cancel the rest of our trip and fly back to...More

Thank Laura C
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This is one of the most beautiful rail rides in the world and a wonderful way to see New Zealand's North Island! We purchased the on-off ticket from Wellington to Auckland, stopping in Hamilton to see their world-famous gardens and take the city bus to...More

Thank SFTheaterDistrict
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Ellen R
Hi are there any cabins on board I would like to get to Wellington without any stopovers and im unsure of what a stop over is. Also if I pay for the cheapest fare it reads with no stopovers which actually suits me fine however if that is not to be do I have to wait any way if there are stopovers for other travellers?
11 May 2017|
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Response from Laura J | Reviewed this property |
No cabins.
Hi, we're looking to travel on the train from Wellington to Auckland but are unsure what we should do in terms of stops. Would people recommend staying on the train (from Wellington to Auckland) for the full trip or if not is there anywhere in particular that you would recommend stopping off at.
27 April 2017|
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Response from Huw P | Reviewed this property |
Hi. The stops along the way are quite rural so I'm not sure how much there would in terms of sightseeing. Also if you broke your journey be a day or a couple of days I don't know how that would effect the ticket price. I... More