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“Sensational!”

Northern Explorer Train
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US$80.16*
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Full-Day Wellington to Auckland Scenic Train Ride
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US$80.16*
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Northern Explorer- Auckland to Wellington By Train
Ranked #20 of 238 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed 21 June 2014

New Zealand doesn't have that many rail routes but there are three scenic ones geared towards sightseeing. This is the only one I've experienced and everything about it was wonderful. the trip from wellington to Auckland takes a full day but it's packed with unforgettable sights and the train is a real joy. Three on board personnel run the bar/buffet and are so helpful that you could be i a 5 star hotel. There's also an audio guide that you can opt into whenever you want and it's very informative. Can't wait to back and try the other scenic routes. Don't miss this!

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Great way to relax and see the North Island, wonderful scenery, great on-board commentary and staff very friendly and helpful.

2  Thank Snowangel54
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Travelled from Auckland to Wellington on this service. What an education. The commentary was well timed and very informative. Who knew our country had so much history and geology...The staff were lovely and very professional. Would totally recommend this to any one - local or visitor!! The food on board was very reasonably priced, although they don't mind if you take on your own food and drink (just no alcohol to be taken on board - you can buy it on board though...)

2  Thank Flexie1
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Travelled on the Northern Explorer from Palmerston North to Papakura. I enjoyed every minute of the trip. The train is superb, the seats comfortable, the views amazing and the staff exceptional.The food was good and the staff went out of their way to be obliging and friendly. I would use the service again even though the cost was higher than a cheap flight.You really felt relaxed and able to revel in the privilege of viewing our amazing countryside in comfort.

3  Thank happygranManawatu
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Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

I loved every minute of this train journey, I travelled from Parapaurumu to Auckland and through the beautiful North Island. The food and drink are very reasonably priced and if you can get a €99 seat for a one way journey so is the train journey! The wine is particularly good and local. The viewing carriage is great as you can experience the smells of the forest and sea air as well as the scenery. My seat was comfy and with plenty of room, I really would recommend it as an alternative to flying if you have the time to spare, it takes around 9 hours but with such wonderful scenery the time flies!!

3  Thank Emma L
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