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Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride

  • Ride one segment or take the whole spectacular journey
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces are great for sightseeing
  • GPS-triggered audio helps you explore the landscape
Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride
From US$78.25
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10.5 hour train journey from Wellington to Auckland
From US$128.69
Wellington to National Park
5.25 hour train journey from Wellington to National Park
From US$78.25
National Park to Auckland
5.5 hour train journey from National Park to Auckland
From US$78.25
Travel from Wellington to Tongariro National Park or Auckland by train for a scenic ride that passes through the Kapiti Coast, the Waikato countryside, and the Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu mountains. With well-appointed carriages and outdoor viewing decks, the train from Wellington to Auckland is a beautiful way to see the North Island, and GPS-triggered audio commentary is available through headsets at every seat.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Wellington Railway Station or the train station in Tongariro National Park, where you’ll board a train heading north. The journey passes through a mix of farmland, rural towns, and coastline, but the three volcanoes of Tongariro National Park are a scenic highlight; rail enthusiasts will be love the Raurimu Spiral that helps the train climb the dramatic slope.

You’ll see lava flows, snow fields, and forests of beech trees while the GPS-triggered audio commentary fills you in on the passing landmarks. The trains are equipped with dining carriages that have drinks, snacks, and light meals available for purchase, and by the time you arrive at Tongariro National Park or the Auckland Railway Station, you’ll have covered some of the North Island’s most remarkable scenery.
Reviews (269)
1 - 5 of 269 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent way to commute Auckland to Wellington

First time experience of train in New Zealand and I loved it. The rail car with the open air viewing was awesome. The sights most of journey were fabulous. The journey was about 11 hours but we really enjoyed. Food and drink is sufficient and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank macenchill
Reviewed 12 November 2018
Seeing New Zealand's Northern Island the easy way

We had a first-time hop-over from Melbourne to a New Zealand (Auckland) for a Southern Island tour, but wanted to see a bit of the North Island as well and opted for this 9 hour train experience. Extremely enjoyable and relaxing experience from the large-window...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank G9240TTcharlesp
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile
Nice option

It's definitely not the fastest and cheapest way to get around the Northern Island but nevertheless worth it. The whole journey from Auckland to Wellington takes about 11 hrs, passing by many scenic and beautiful places. There's an audio guide available explaining special places along...More

2  Thank viedad
Robin H, Online Crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Hi viedad, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed the scenery - spectacular, isn't it? We look forward to welcoming you back. Until next time. Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

Reviewed 19 September 2018
A must experience

We travelled on northern explorer from Wellington to Auckland. This trip is a must to do in the north island. The train was spotlessly clean. Seats comfortable. Staff excellent. Canteen much to offer. Far better than the Australian inter state trains. The scenery was just...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Barbara P
Robin H, Online crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

HI Barbara P, Thanks for the great feedback and five-star review. When it comes to seeing the North Island, we have it covered! There is also the option of stopping in Tongariro Nation Park, Otorohanga (Waitomo Caves) and Ohakune en-route. These are all great destinations...More

Reviewed 18 September 2018
Fabulous experience

Fantastic way to explore this fabulous land of ours. A definite 'must do' for all NZers and visitors as well. A luxury train ride (about 10 1/2 hours) from Auckland to Wellington- arriving on sunset over the Kapiti Coastline. Commentary is given through out the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Jeanne N
Robin H, Online crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

Hi Jeanna N, Thanks for the fabulous review and we are incredibly happy to hear that you made some great new friends along the way! One of the great advantages of such a magnificent long journey is having time to meet and enjoy new company...More

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Anita T
19 April 2018|
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
Yes you would need to catch a flight from Auckland to Wellington. There isva fairly rough map on NZ Rail web site but not a lot of detail