Wellington to Auckland

  • Train : Northern Explorer
  • Duration : Scenic Day Trips
Wellington to Auckland
Journey Highlights
  • Travel from the city of sails to the capital of New Zealand
  • Experience a remarkable, ever-changing daytime journey 
  • Stunning scenery covering the length of the North Island
  • Visit the Raurimu Spiral, a truly amazing feat of railway engineering
  • Overview
  • Journey Dates
  • Inclusions & Exclusions

Through the heartland, this remarkable, ever-changing daytime journey between Auckland and Wellington takes you into the North Island’s heartland, through lush green farmland, native forests, over stunning river gorges and across New Zealand’s Volcanic plateau. Highlights include Tongariro National Park and the Raurimu Spiral, a truly amazing feat of railway engineering.


Train Departure Schedule

  • 2024 : January - March , April - June , July - September , October - December

Places Covered

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

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

Inclusions

Flexi-Plus fares includes:

  •  Free unlimited stopovers (hop off and visit towns and places of interest en-route)
  • Fully refundable up to 24 hours before travel
  • Fully flexible, with unlimited free date changes up to 24 hours before travel
  • Fully changeable, so you can change your destination, start point, or add stopovers up to 24 hours before travel (amended travel must be within 6 months of original travel date)
  • Bookable any time before the train departs (subject to seat availability)

Flexi fares includes:

  • 50% refundable up to 24 hours before travel
  • Unlimited date changes up to 24 hours before travel (a fare upgrade might be required and amended travel must be within 6 months of the original travel date)
  • Free stopovers (stop off and visit towns and places of interest en-route)
  • Bookable any time before the train departs (subject to fare availability)