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Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride

  • Ride one segment or take the whole spectacular journey
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces are great for sightseeing
  • GPS-triggered audio helps you explore the landscape
Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride
From US$72.00
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10.5 hour train journey from Wellington to Auckland
Wellington to National Park
5.25 hour train journey from Wellington to National Park
National Park to Auckland
5.5 hour train journey from National Park to Auckland
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.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Wellington Railway Station or the train station in Tongariro National Park, where you’ll board a train heading north. The journey passes through a mix of farmland, rural towns, and coastline, but the three volcanoes of Tongariro National Park are a scenic highlight; rail enthusiasts will be love the Raurimu Spiral that helps the train climb the dramatic slope.

You’ll see lava flows, snow fields, and forests of beech trees while the GPS-triggered audio commentary fills you in on the passing landmarks. The trains are equipped with dining carriages that have drinks, snacks, and light meals available for purchase, and by the time you arrive at Tongariro National Park or the Auckland Railway Station, you’ll have covered some of the North Island’s most remarkable scenery.
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Perfect Way to See North Island

We travelled from Auckland to Wellington and loved every minute of the journey. Check in was easy and our luggage was taken care of. Our seats were comfortable and the windows allowed a wonderful view of the magnificent scenery - and you could go into...More

Thank JaneMay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing way to see the North Island of New Zealand

This trip is a "must-do" for Kiwis and visitors alike! The relaxed 11 hour trip provided a taste of almost all the landscapes New Zealand has to offer. Sea, mountains and forest - and all viewable from the comfort of your seat, cafe car or...More

1  Thank Dalyb39
Robin H, Online crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Dalyb39, Thank-you for the incredible review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the best of New Zealand with us. Serving 12hrs a day, our crew have plenty of experience and we are really pleased this shone through for you! We hope to see...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
travel the length of north island

This is really a relaxing way to travel from Auckland to Wellington. The train is very comfortable, your luggage travels in a separate luggage van, so uncluttered.The views are often spectacular even in the rain and the viewing car which is open allows for clear...More

Thank mikey1379
Robin H, Online crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Mike, Thanks for the excellent review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your journey through the heart of the North Island. A good tip is to pack some warm clothes in a small bag to bring onboard to wear for the open-air viewing...More

Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile
Awesome trip on the Northern Explorer

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
Robin H, Online crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi ScotsguyKiwigirl Thank you so much for choosing to spend your anniversary with us and we are really pleased to hear you had an amazing time. We look forward to seeing you on the Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine soon. I recommend flying to Wellington, catching...More

Reviewed August 11, 2018
Fantastic journey - perfect for families

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
Robin H, Online crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Hammerpaul68, Thank-you for sharing your daughter's brirthday with us. We are and th to a trip on the Northern Explorer for her birthday

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Anita T
April 18, 2018|
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Response from Markus B | Reviewed this property |
That'd be really tough- the only option for same day would be a flight out of Auckland (I'm assuming you'd take it all the way to Auckland). The other stops along the way do not offer airports that would have flights going... More