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Northern Explorer Train

Wellington, New Zealand
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About Northern Explorer Train
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.
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Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride

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.
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from US$132.08
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Doug Edwards wrote a review Jun 2021
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Morning Train ride from Palmy to Wellington. I am a frequent train rider as I travel to and from Wellington to worked. This morning my train ride was really unpleasant as it was really cold and because of Covid I couldn’t get my normal coffee. I love trains and normally this one is nice and toasty during the mornings especially during winters! Thank you - Doug
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from Karen_GJNZ, Online Crew at Northern Explorer Train
Responded 4 weeks ago
Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. I am sorry to hear the train was cold for your travel. Unfortunately, we do have to follow recommendations from Ministry of Health and Transport during Covid alert level changes in regards to servicing food and beverages. We do hope you have a better train journey with us next time! Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
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homegrown123 wrote a review Jun 2021
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand104 contributions16 helpful votes
We booked well ahead and unfortunately we hit the weekend where a weather bomb hit the north island. It rained quite heavily the whole way so we didn't see very much until the last couple of hours. However, we still enjoyed it very much. The service was excellent (do wish though that Scenic Plus was open). The staff were friendly and were visible and there to help throughout the trip. We played cards, relaxed, had a couple of gins and enjoyed the food for lunch. The commentary is clear and very interesting. We are glad we went even though we didn't see much scenery.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from Karen_GJNZ, Online Crew at Northern Explorer Train
Responded 4 weeks ago
Kia Ora, Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. We are so pleased to hear you still thoroughly enjoyed your journey with us. Unfortunate to hear about the weather bomb! But glad you managed to relax and enjoy some games, food and drinks. Thank you for travelling with us and we do hope to welcome you onboard again soon. Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
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Sarah S wrote a review May 2021
New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
Travelled today with my son for his 18th birthday as he's wanted to do this trip for years. Really enjoyed it. We both listened to lots of the commentry over the headsets which was interesting and informative. Just nice to see the country from a different perspective and see some of the small towns you don't pass through in a car, Un fortunately weather wasn't great so we didn't get the best views. Something to bear in mind if you're traveling at this time of year. Also it was dark by the time we got down Paraparaumu. Would also be good to do this earlier in the year. Prices for on board food were reasonable and it was quite tasty for pre prepared food. The young man who served us was very friendly and welcoming. He was perfect in a customer service role
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Response from Karen_GJNZ, Online Crew at Northern Explorer Train
Responded 13 May 2021
Kia Ora Sarah, Thank you for taking the time to leave your wonderful review! We are so pleased you had a great journey with us celebrating such an important birthday! It is such a great way to sit back and relax whilst enjoying views of New Zealand you can't always see when driving. So pleased to hear you were also well looked after by our friendly and professional staff. We hope to welcome you back perhaps during another season sometime! Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
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Bella wrote a review Apr 2021
Whangarei, New Zealand106 contributions40 helpful votes
We went from Auckland to National Park - two young children and 3 adults. The staff were incredibly helpful and the trip very interesting. The children were able to move around and we all loved the trip.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from Karen_GJNZ, Online Crew at Northern Explorer Train
Responded 15 Apr 2021
Kia Ora Bella, Thank you for your lovely review on your Northern Explorer journey! What a fun day and way to travel to National Park! The spacious seats, carriages and outdoor viewings decks mean there's ample room for adults and kids to move around and get some fresh air. We hope you had a great rest of your trip! Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
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Juanita B wrote a review Apr 2021
Whangarei, New Zealand26 contributions1 helpful vote
What a fun and enjoyable trip - Auckland to Wellington with great company. We had packed some nibbles for the trip - some drinks and cheeses/crackers etc. The trip is highly recommended! The viewing deck is the best part of it - got some fantastic shots, and it was a thrill to feel the wind/elements out in the open. Great friendly staff also coming around regularly and collecting the rubbish and keeping the train in order! I'd love to do this trip again in another season and see the changes in the landscape.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Karen_GJNZ, Online Crew at Northern Explorer Train
Responded 15 Apr 2021
Kia Ora, Thank you for your lovely feedback on your Northern Explorer journey. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your scenic journey with us. The outdoor viewing deck is a great way to get some fresh air during your trip and get some photographs! Great to hear you were also well looked after by our staff! We hope to welcome you back again in the future during a different season. Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
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