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Northern Explorer Train

Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Kiwi Perfect

2nd time in 6 years, Another perfect journey, Staff are awesome, friendly, attentive and happy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
robin b
Christchurch, New Zealand
Incredible beauty of the NZ landscape whizzing by from comfort of your seat

I had been wanting to take this train journey for some time and after reading some of these reviews... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bronwyn E
Auckland, New Zealand
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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“national park” (38 reviews)
“viewing car” (28 reviews)
“north island” (76 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775

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Reviewed 1 week ago

2nd time in 6 years, Another perfect journey, Staff are awesome, friendly, attentive and happy. Love the views, the commetry's, the childlike fun of standing in the observation deck, and warmth and views of the journeys.

Thank robin b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been wanting to take this train journey for some time and after reading some of these reviews I was a little worried - about comfort in particular. However, this was not warranted. I found the seats comfortable enough. The wooden audio console did...More

Thank Bronwyn E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had talked about doing this trip for sometime and when we unexpectedly needed to go to Auckland we decided to go and take our 3 year old grandson as well. We knew that the weather report wasn't very good so weren't holding our breath...More

Thank Jonathan H
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Stunning views in a very comfortable carriage. Really good service from start to finish. A great way to travel in New Zealand. We travelled from Auckland to Ohakune and back again, phenomenal views! Some of the audio headphone connectors did not work properly unfortunately, though...More

3  Thank Peage97
Reviewed 14 July 2017

After the initial (& understandable cancellation due to snow). I rebooked my son to travel Ohakune (mid-North Island) to Wellington. Despite express promises, Kiwi Rail made no direct communication of a cancellation of service nor that they would not provide any alternative transportation. Leaving my...More

4  Thank rosssilk
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

While on a successful Lions Tour of New Zealand we traveled down from Hamilton to Wellington on this train, what an amazing experience. The journey, although eight hours, went quickly. Great food and bar service with all staff, especially the guy in the ticket office...More

2  Thank Shirley B
Reviewed 27 June 2017 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

1  Thank RacJac
Reviewed 21 June 2017

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

1  Thank Rebekah F
Reviewed 5 June 2017

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

5  Thank Helen C
Reviewed 3 June 2017 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

3  Thank Sassysas1970
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Questions & Answers
Inder S
3 July 2017|
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Response from TGJNZ | Property representative |
Allowance is two pieces of check in luggage (additional pieces are $10 each) and one small day pack or hand bag on board.
16 May 2017|
Response from morriss003 | Reviewed this property |
Not when we traveled. You go quite a bit into the boonies, so probably no signal.
Ellen R
11 May 2017|
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Response from Laura J | Reviewed this property |
No cabins.