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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$84,35
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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.
Reviews (267)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Nice option

It's definitely not the fastest and cheapest way to get around the Northern Island but nevertheless worth it. The whole journey from Auckland to Wellington takes about 11 hrs, passing by many scenic and beautiful places. There's an audio guide available explaining special places along...More

1  Thank viedad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A must experience

We travelled on northern explorer from Wellington to Auckland. This trip is a must to do in the north island. The train was spotlessly clean. Seats comfortable. Staff excellent. Canteen much to offer. Far better than the Australian inter state trains. The scenery was just...More

2  Thank Barbara P
Robin H, Online crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

HI Barbara P, Thanks for the great feedback and five-star review. When it comes to seeing the North Island, we have it covered! There is also the option of stopping in Tongariro Nation Park, Otorohanga (Waitomo Caves) and Ohakune en-route. These are all great destinations...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fabulous experience

Fantastic way to explore this fabulous land of ours. A definite 'must do' for all NZers and visitors as well. A luxury train ride (about 10 1/2 hours) from Auckland to Wellington- arriving on sunset over the Kapiti Coastline. Commentary is given through out the...More

1  Thank Jeanne N
Robin H, Online crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jeanna N, Thanks for the fabulous review and we are incredibly happy to hear that you made some great new friends along the way! One of the great advantages of such a magnificent long journey is having time to meet and enjoy new company...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 September 2018
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

2  Thank Dalyb39
Robin H, Online crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

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

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Anita T
19 April 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