1 days

From: NZ$219

Departure: Wellington

Destination: Auckland

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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.

Destinations include: 

Auckland  •  Hamilton  •  Otorohanga (Waitomo Caves)  • Taumarunui  •  Tongariro National Park  •  Ohakune  •  Palmerston North  •  Wellington

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Autumn Specials

Book a Northern Explorer journey through the season of transformation with our amazing autumn special offers.

Save 15% on Northbound Fares*

Discover a kaleidoscope of autumnal colours and save 15% on all Northern Explorer fares travelling north.


Offer valid from 1 March to 31 May 2023

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$25 Child Fares this Easter*

Book an eggsellent Easter experience for the family with our $25 child fares this easter holidays.


Offer valid from 7 to 25 April 2023

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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.

Our Scenic Class Carriages

Glide through the heart of New Zealand's beautiful scenery in our Scenic Class carriages

Open-air Viewing Carriages

Get closer to nature by stepping outdoors and breathing in our magnificent scenery

Scenic Cafe

Savour the journey with locally sourced food & drink from our Scenic Cafe to accompany the views

Northern Explorer train timetable

Northern Explorer Auckland to Wellington trains depart southbound on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Northern Explorer Wellington to Auckland trains depart northbound on Friday, Sunday, and Wednesday. 

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