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Northern Explorer Train

Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Spring train very enjoyable

From the moment we boarded the train we felt welcome. The staff were friendly and attentive. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Adelaide, Australia
A great way to travel and relax

Travelled from Ohakune to Auckland with the Northern Explorer. The train arrived on time and we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John Phillip D
Tintenbar, Australia
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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” (76 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775

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Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment we boarded the train we felt welcome. The staff were friendly and attentive. The journey was great, highlighting a wonderful natural and rural landscape. The urban sections of the trip were also insightful. Make sure to enjoy the views from the observation...More

Thank 2582Anne
TGJNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi 2582Anne, Thank you for the lovely review! So glad you enjoyed your Northern Explorer experience! Kind Regards, the Social team

Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelled from Ohakune to Auckland with the Northern Explorer. The train arrived on time and we were greeted by friendly, welcoming staff. Seats were more than comfortable in a very large windowed carriage. Views and scenery were magnificent. It was a pleasure to be able...More

Thank John Phillip D
TGJNZ, Social team at Northern Explorer Train, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi John, Thanks for the rave review! We hope to welcome you back aboard another of our services soon! Many thanks, the Social team.

Reviewed 14 August 2017

2nd time in 6 years, Another perfect journey, Staff are awesome, friendly, attentive and happy. Love the views, the commetry's, the childlike fun of standing in the observation deck, and warmth and views of the journeys.

Thank robin b
Reviewed 6 August 2017

I had been wanting to take this train journey for some time and after reading some of these reviews I was a little worried - about comfort in particular. However, this was not warranted. I found the seats comfortable enough. The wooden audio console did...More

Thank Bronwyn E
Reviewed 24 July 2017

We had talked about doing this trip for sometime and when we unexpectedly needed to go to Auckland we decided to go and take our 3 year old grandson as well. We knew that the weather report wasn't very good so weren't holding our breath...More

Thank Jonathan H
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Stunning views in a very comfortable carriage. Really good service from start to finish. A great way to travel in New Zealand. We travelled from Auckland to Ohakune and back again, phenomenal views! Some of the audio headphone connectors did not work properly unfortunately, though...More

4  Thank Peage97
Reviewed 15 July 2017

After the initial (& understandable cancellation due to snow). I rebooked my son to travel Ohakune (mid-North Island) to Wellington. Despite express promises, Kiwi Rail made no direct communication of a cancellation of service nor that they would not provide any alternative transportation. Leaving my...More

6  Thank rosssilk
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

While on a successful Lions Tour of New Zealand we traveled down from Hamilton to Wellington on this train, what an amazing experience. The journey, although eight hours, went quickly. Great food and bar service with all staff, especially the guy in the ticket office...More

2  Thank Shirley B
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Four of us booked the Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington, it was a winters day but the sun was shining, what a great way to see the countryside. Heading south, the tannoy system keeps you updated with where you are and what there is...More

1  Thank RacJac
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We boarded from Paraparaumu and travelled to Auckland. Pros: The views! Incredible!! What a fabulous way to see parts of NZ that you just can not view from the road. The rivers and viaducts are amazing and we were lucky enough to have such a...More

1  Thank Rebekah F
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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.