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Northern Explorer Train

Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Northern Explorer Train

This was the worst train trip I have ever been on. The train is very noisy & bumpy ride,seats are... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
Helen C

First time on the train travelling from Hamilton to Wellington for a long weekend. Why I say Beware... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2017
Hamilton, New Zealand
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The Great Journeys of New Zealand operate a network of long distance passenger trains and inter-island ferries. We take passengers across New Zealand in comfort and style through some of the most scenic areas of the North and South Islands. The Northern Explorer is The Great Journeys of New Zealand's Auckland to Wellington train. This epic journey roams through the heart of the North Island, through an array of changing landscapes of sea coasts, farmlands, river viaducts and the volcanic Central Plateau. The service operates a 6 day timetable. The Auckland to Wellington train departs on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and the Wellington to Auckland train departs on Tuesday, Friday & Sunday.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“national park” (38 reviews)
“viewing car” (28 reviews)
“north island” (72 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775

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Reviewed 5 June 2017

This was the worst train trip I have ever been on. The train is very noisy & bumpy ride,seats are crambed in with tables, commentary is very hard to hear, food is expensive train was 40 minutes late at Otorohanga, more delays on the track...More

5  Thank Helen C
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

First time on the train travelling from Hamilton to Wellington for a long weekend. Why I say Beware is that the allocation of seats is random. You cannot chose your seat when you book. We were given seats opposite eachother around a table that seats...More

3  Thank Sassysas1970
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Had high expectations of this train trip having been on the Trans Alpine 2 years ago . Our trip ended up being 12 hours duration with the on going delays on the trip, one of which the train driver got sick and train delayed for...More

1  Thank chrissyanddave1955
Reviewed 26 May 2017

A wonderful, relaxing way to see the beautiful, very varied landscape of the western spine of NZ's North Island -- including the magnificent volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. This scenic rail journey is a day-long trip between Wellington and Auckland. It goes north some days...More

5  Thank KurtAndWendy
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Our Wellington to Auckland train journey in early May was a real treat. It's a great way to see the part of the North Island from a different view than the highway. Our seats were very comfortable with a table in front so we could...More

4  Thank Linda S
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Northern explorer train journey has bee on my bucket list for a long time. Amazing day. Comfortable carriages great food and drink. The crew on the train were really good,nothing was a problem to them. Can really recommend this trip. Views great.

2  Thank Keith C
Reviewed 10 May 2017

I had booked to travel on the 6th of May as part of a 3 week roadtrip with my mum who had flown from the UK. However late night on the 4th I had to cancel the rest of our trip and fly back to...More

Thank Laura C
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This is one of the most beautiful rail rides in the world and a wonderful way to see New Zealand's North Island! We purchased the on-off ticket from Wellington to Auckland, stopping in Hamilton to see their world-famous gardens and take the city bus to...More

Thank SFTheaterDistrict
Reviewed 2 May 2017

The day was perfect and the trip was as expected, the staff were great, heaps of information about the various destinations. The seats were comfortable and it was very easy to get around. The cafe had a good selection of food and drinks and I...More

Thank Allan M
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Wellington to Auckland by train on the Northern Explorer was a great trip. Left Wellington at 8am, bought some snacks at the super market at the station as wasn't sure what would be served. The buffet car had plenty of everything. Lunch with a couple...More

Thank Hart1598
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Inder S
3 July 2017|
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Response from TGJNZ | Property representative |
Allowance is two pieces of check in luggage (additional pieces are $10 each) and one small day pack or hand bag on board.
16 May 2017|
Response from morriss003 | Reviewed this property |
Not when we traveled. You go quite a bit into the boonies, so probably no signal.
Ellen R
11 May 2017|
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Response from Laura J | Reviewed this property |
No cabins.