Explore the rural heart of New Zealand's North Island on this epic 648km journey from Auckland to Wellington by train.
Our Northern Explorer train connects multi-cultural Auckland with our bustling capital, Wellington. With unique blends of international prestige and local culture, both are excellent places to start or finish your adventure.
See the scenic wonders of Middle Earth, soar over towering viaducts, across the high plains of the volcanic plateau, and beneath three mighty volcanoes.
Book a journey like no other by travelling in either direction from Auckland to Wellington or Wellington to Auckland.
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Discover the onboard experience
There is more to the Northern Explorer train experience than simply travelling through the spectacular heart of the North Island. Discover more about what lies ahead onboard.
Glide through the heart of New Zealand's beautiful scenery in our Scenic Class carriages
Get closer to nature by stepping outdoors and breathing in our magnificent scenery
Savour the journey with locally sourced food & drink from our Scenic Cafe to accompany the views
Scenic Plus Dining Experience
EXPERIENCE THE FLAVOURS OF OUR LAND
Elevate your experience with Scenic Plus, a full-sensory exploration of the lands you travel through aboard your Northern Explorer rail journey.
Using the finest ingredients carefully selected from the lands you see through your window, we've curated a menu of regional delicacies that are freshly prepared in our custom-built kitchen carriage and served at your seat throughout the journey.
Simply select a Scenic Plus fare when booking to upgrade to our dining experience.
SERVICE STARTS: 15 MAY 2024
Find our Northern Explorer railway stations
View our Northern Explorer station page to find out more about each of our stations.
Get directions, parking information, and check-in requirements for each of our Northern Explorer Railway Stations, from Auckland to Wellington.
Explore the flavours of New Zealand
Experience the natural flavours of New Zealand with our Scenic Plus experiences, each offering a full-sensory exploration of the lands you travel through aboard your New Zealand rail journey.
Discover true local gems with our Northern Explorer packages
Let us take care of the details while you relax and enjoy the best of New Zealand with our spectacular Northern Explorer short breaks and travel packages:
Take a tour of discovery through authentic Aotearoa
Join one of our unique rail tours for an intimate experience of the people, places, scenery, history, and culture that makes the North Island so special!
Learn more about New Zealand's North Island and the things you can discover whilst travelling with us:
Save 10% with our partner discounts
Save 10% on your Northern Explorer Scenic train fares using one of our partner discounts:
Senior Gold Card members can save 10% on their Scenic and Scenic Plus train fares
Use Code AACARD10 to save 10% when booking with your AA Membership Card
Use code FA5239 to save 10% when booking with your NZMCA Membership Card