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Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride provided by Northern Explorer Train

Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride

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  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 27/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride
The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and staff is always a top priority. Aligning with expert advice, we have increased the focus on hygiene. Our trains are cleaned everyday with additional cleaning/sanitising equipment and respiratory illness response kit carried onboard.
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Updated 27/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
  • 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
  • Disembark at Tongariro National Park or Auckland
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Wellington Station, District of Freedom#8573311~!#, Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
315–630 minutes
Return Details
Auckland Strand, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • One Way Rail Journey
  • GPS triggered audio commentary
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
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Additional Info
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if travelling with a wheelchair.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure and check in at the station to receive your boarding pass. Please have your Viator Voucher ready for inspection.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Gwen008 wrote a review Apr 2020
Perth, Australia285 contributions74 helpful votes
This an another great train journey in NZ and an excellent way to travel from Wellington to Auckland. It is a long day but there is plenty to see along the way and the scenery changes constantly. Check in at Wellington issimple and it's easy to find your allocated seat.
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Date of experience: March 2020
WoodlandsMike wrote a review Feb 2020
The Woodlands, Texas209 contributions34 helpful votes
Of the four great New Zealand journeys, this was our least favorite. You see some amazing gorges and volcanic hills sides, viaducts and spiral descents but the Coastal, TranzAlpine and Interislander were are more interesting in our view. The last 3 hours entering Auckland seemed
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Tidgney wrote a review Feb 2020
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I went from Wellington to Auckland, as a journey it's a loooooong journey so be prepared for that. Scenery was nice for the most part as it was fairly foggy/misty so unfortunately didn't see any of the volcanoes. I got quite confused with the staff interrupting the audio to say
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Date of experience: February 2020
Hardys607 wrote a review Feb 2020
Feilding, New Zealand98 contributions25 helpful votes
We flew up to Auckland and decided to take the train trip back. The station staff were excellent, we were in carriage A and found the seats comfortable, we enjoyed the trip, loved the scenery, the toilets clean, the outside carriage good to view from. The cafe had a good
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Date of experience: February 2020
Fred L wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions8 helpful votes
After viewing a travel show in Australia that highlighted nz rail journey, we decided to give it a go. The train was comfortable and staff courteous. A small kitchen cart enable food and beverages to be purchased. This is all good until the train arrival times blew out to just
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Diane B
Tranzrail coast to coast via Arthurs Pass day trip
We had been planning to do this trip with friends for some time and finally managed to co-ordinate dates to suit as
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Christopher S
Don't take the plane!
Relax in a large comfortable seat. Look through the huge windows to see North Island's spectacular scenery flash by
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Lovely relaxing journey
The views along the coast were spectacular, we even saw some dolphins. It was an early start but once underway we w
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Breathtaking views and a relaxing journey
Used this trip to transfer across to the west coast where we were picking up a rental car. What an amazing introduc
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Must do train trip. Ask for Karen’s cabin she was the best. Fantastic train trip and would do it again
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Fantastic Trip
My grown daughter and I were fortunate to ride the train from Christchurch to Picton. We enjoyed the scenery. When
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Alf W
Ok to do but it has sy faults
The train overall was good but I did ask my self with great views to see why would they have some seats facing back
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Cancellation policy
Owing to restrictions on travel to NZ due to Convid-19 virus, we found it necessary to cancel our Tranzalpine expe
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ceri t
Long trip but good views
Staff very friendly and helpful. Announcements frequently repetitive and amateurish. Audio commentary interesting b
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Fascinating journey
If you have time to spare this railway journey is superb with wonderful scenery across South Island New Zealand
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Scenery is stunning!
The train was by half an hour late but otherwise the ambience inside the train is great. We liked particularly the
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A great NZ experience
This was on our 'must do in New Zealand' list and it lived up to expectations. We took the train from Christchurch
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You just can't beat rail travel
No annoying airport security checks, no luggage restrictions, no stress........trains are just great if you want to
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This must be one of the best rail journeys anywhere. Travelling by train is a very low stress mode of transport - t
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Fantastic scenery and travellers
This was the last great New Zealand train we hadn't travelled on. We got to Christchurch station early and a very h
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Key Details
  • Duration: 315–630 minutes
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese
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