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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
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Wellington to National Park
5.25 hour train journey from Wellington to National Park
National Park to Auckland
5.5 hour train journey from National Park to Auckland
Wellington to Auckland
10.5 hour train journey from Wellington to Auckland
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.
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1 - 5 of 258 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Views, Wish The Sun Was Out.

The train from Wellington to Auckland is an all-day affair, so bring lots of snacks (11 hours) or prepare to spend a bunch in the café car. There is a great open air observation car that wouldn't be allowed in the States travelling at 70mph....More

Thank MarkStephenSouder
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Departure 7:55 Arrival 18:50 In wellington your ‘voucher’ needs to be exchanged to a valid ticket at ticket office Nr. 6 before you board the train. Your luggage will be labeled and tacking care off on wagon after the locomotive. There are 4 seat wagons,...More

Thank Erwin H
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile
Good way to travel

Was a enjoyable journey with good facilities, just quite tights seats for anyone 6’0ft or over, definitely recommend going south to north to get a full experience of New Zealand landscapes. This is because it is nicer to see Kapiti coast in the morning and...More

Thank Samantha P
Robin H, Online crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Samantha P, Thanks for the great review. Were you seated at a table or in the paired seating? Legroom is shared beneath the table, so it is nicer if its someone you know! - but if the chairs were further back then you would...More

Reviewed 5 May 2018
Amazing scenery in comfort

A great way to see the country from the comfort of a comfy chair. We went both ways, Hamilton to Wellington then back again 4 days later. The homeward trip was nicer weather so we were able to see more but that’s just nature. The...More

Thank tekohiwi
Reviewed 25 April 2018
Could be so much better

This trip had been on my wife's "bucket list" for a few years, but at last we did it. We started the trip from Auckland, & off we went. The scenery all the way to Wellington is really fantastic. Forest , lakes, mountains, small towns....More

2  Thank Robert M
Robin H, Online Crew at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2018

Hi Robert M, Thank you very much for your review. The North Island scenery is definitely fantastic and we’re really glad you enjoyed it. I’m very sorry to hear that you weren’t seated in an appropriate place. Providing there are seats available, you can speak...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