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Northern Explorer Train

Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Wellington to Auckland

Wellington to Auckland by train on the Northern Explorer was a great trip. Left Wellington at 8am... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Pukekohe, New Zealand
outdoor viewing

The train was delightful. passenger cars are a bit crowded, but if it's a good day that doesn't... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Yorktown, Virginia
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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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Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775

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Reviewed 1 May 2017

Wellington to Auckland by train on the Northern Explorer was a great trip. Left Wellington at 8am, bought some snacks at the super market at the station as wasn't sure what would be served. The buffet car had plenty of everything. Lunch with a couple...More

Thank Hart1598
Reviewed 1 May 2017

The train was delightful. passenger cars are a bit crowded, but if it's a good day that doesn't matter, as you will want to spend all your time in the outdoor viewing car. The scenery is amazing. You can see well inside as well --...More

Thank annbarbieaim
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Take this trip for the scenery which is excellent but if you are in a hurry to get from Auckland to Wellington don't take the train. The track frequently runs alongside the road and the cars overtake the train. The narrow gauge limits the speed...More

1  Thank SurreyLocal
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Northern Explorer is a very relaxed way to see the most scenic places of New Zealand's North Island. Food on board was good and the service was efficient and friendly. We bought a bottle of white wine and to our pleasant surprise they served it...More

Thank KiwitrotterAuckland
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We decided that a great way to deal with jet lag from our long flight to New Zealand was to spend our first full day traveling by train from Auckland to Wellington. It was perfect! The train seats were comfortable (great for napping), with large...More

1  Thank Donna S
Reviewed 16 April 2017

A quick over nighter to Hamilton to watch the Cheif's win and then back home. Left from Palmerston North (not home). Clean,comfortable and friendly. Wheelchair access and fantastic huge windows. Last carriage was open air and great for taking pics and getting some fresh air...More

Thank rominkiwis
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Check in was easy, food on board reasonable and tasty, coffee and tea great. staff were all super friendly and the ride comfortable. very informative headsets to listen to also

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We use this service maybe once every year to stay with family in Auckland. Even when the weather isn't conducive to sightseeing, the trip itself is relaxing and the gps triggered commentary appeals to my interest in history along the way. With restless children, the...More

Thank jcinpalmy
Reviewed 10 April 2017

So lets’ get straight to the point. My reviews are usually long winded and full of myself so unless you want to read part two about the disastrous return trip on the bus, I will tell you straight up, that the train journey from Auckland...More

Thank cankiwi27
Reviewed 6 April 2017

We travelled from Wellington to Auckland on a dreary day but the trip was still fantastic. We really enjoyed travelling the Rarimu Spiral and crossing some high viaducts. The windows are amazing and the commentary was just enough to keep us informed without being overbearing....More

Thank Adderleigh
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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?
10 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