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Northern Explorer Train

Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“national park” (12 reviews)
“open carriage” (8 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Wellington Railway Station | Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand
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+64 4-495 0775
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"national park"
in 12 reviews
"viewing carriage"
in 10 reviews
"open carriage"
in 8 reviews
"kiwi rail"
in 7 reviews
"train journey"
in 7 reviews
"palmerston north"
in 7 reviews
"observation car"
in 6 reviews
"raurimu spiral"
in 5 reviews
"stretch your legs"
in 5 reviews
"dining car"
in 4 reviews
"cafe car"
in 3 reviews
"clear blue skies"
in 2 reviews
"passenger cars"
in 2 reviews
"britomart station"
in 2 reviews
"rural landscape"
in 2 reviews
"excellent commentary"
in 3 reviews
"uncomfortable seats"
in 2 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Six of us took the train from Auckland to Wellington in November 2017. We broke our journey with a two day stopover in Ohakune. If you have young children, I'd suggest doing this as the non-stop trip is a bit of a long day otherwise....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had 6 weeks in New Zealand as a follow up from a visit in 2015. Although there were places we wanted to return to we thought it would be good to visit different places to them via different transport routes. We therefore chose to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I actually bought my ticket on the day of departure due to bad weather in the national park, having said that I didn't find it expensive for a same day booking. It cost me 79 NZD one way. The train ride even in rainy/cloudy weather...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I did the south to North trip on the Northern Explorer when I was in New Zealand in 2017 so wanted my wife and daughter to experience during our visit this time. We were lucky enough to have clear blue skies for most of the...More

Thank Huw P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entire experience was fabulous. Only problem we had was our booking request was not acted on and the chairs were not wide enough with the back and head rest also not in a comfortable shape or position. Other than that from the ticket booking...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did this trip from Papakura to Wellington. It was excellent. Very comfortable seats, great views with the large windows, good cafe car, friendly and helpful staff. Make sure you take cash for the cafe car as in many locations the train is out of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What better way to see the North Island?- luxury and ease of travel on this train, finding it all relaxing and yet informative with the guided audio available at certain points of interest.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took this trip from Auckland to Wellington, the train was clean and tidy. Had a good food selection and friendly staff. The carriages were kept at comfortable tea shirt temperature which was pleasant . The only fault was the seating was tired and as a...More

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

Hi kyladave, Thanks for the great review. We'll pass on the feedback about the seating to the operations team. I believe they are already working on future improvements and new carriages. Thanks for joining us! All the best, Robin | The Great Journeys of New...More

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Lovely S
24 May 2018|
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Response from Changi11 | Reviewed this property |
No best bit it’s a great trip with plenty of scenic bits, the train slows for these
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jackieshols
16 April 2018|
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Response from pandd1946 | Reviewed this property |
We booked in June 2017 for February 2018 trip through our local travel agent,have a good trip.
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Ann P
10 January 2018|
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Response from Sandra S | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I was part of a tour group so I dont know baggage charges, as it was included in tour price. I had one piece of hold luggage
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