Northern Explorer train to Tongariro National Park

You can catch the Auckland to Wellington train to Tongariro National Park on Saturday, Monday, and Thursday. Trains from Wellington to Tongariro National Park depart on Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday.

Located in Ruapehu District on the volcanic plateau, Tongariro National Park Station provides easy links to the Tongariro Crossing, Chateau Tongariro hotel, Whakapapa Village, Whakapapa skifield, and the Sky Waka

Please book in advance to ensure the train stops at National Park Railway Station.

Northern Explorer Check In

  • Arrive at Station 20 minutes early 
  • Wait near the centre of the platform for the train to arrive
  • A crew member will greet you on the platform once the train has arrived to check you in and provide you with your Boarding Pass and Luggage Labels.
  • All wheeled bags, large backpacks, and suitcases will need to be taken to the Luggage Carriage.


See our Check-In and Luggage page for more details. 

National Park Railway Station

Station Road, National Park 3989