Northern Explorer train is a scenic rail journey through the heartland of the
North Island travelling between
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city -
home of the Sky Tower, through the central heartland of the North
Wellington - New Zealand’s arts and
Along the way, you see fantastic views of New Zealand farmland and the
rugged native bush landscape before ascending up the world famous
Raurimu Spiral to the volcanic plateau passing the majestic volcanoes of
Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu - the home of the North Island
Skifields - Whakapapa and
Turoa, descending down through stunning
river gorges to the farming landscape of the lower North Island and
rocky sea scapes to Wellington – all from large panoramic
windows or open air viewing carriage allowing you the best of possible views.
Along the way you pass the Central North Island ski towns of National Park and
Ohakune, offering world class
skiing and snowboarding on
skifields - popular with young and old alike.
The Northern Explorer carriages have advanced air bag suspension
system for quieter and smoother travel, un-tinted, non-reflective,
panoramic side and roof windows to capture the dramatic coastal and
mountain views of the magnificent North Island, GPS triggered
journey commentary in five languages at your seat via
headphones, plus information displays and overhead HD video and are
centrally heated/air conditioned for passenger comfort.
carriage has onboard washroom/toilet facilities, with '2
Seat-Aisle-2 Seat' forward facing seats with head rests or 'Table Group' (4 people around a
table) seating allowing to experience the amazing views of the
magnificent North Island, through panoramic side and roof windows, while
enjoying the company of other passengers.
Northern Explorer train has a café carriage offering a range of
alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and light meals and an open
air viewing carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning
scenery and provides many opportunities to photograph your favourite
spots. There’s a lot to look forward to!
For mobility-impaired passengers, there are spaces for wheel chairs and a disabled public toilet.
Wheelchair hoists provide access to the café carriage from track
level. For hearing-impaired passengers - a hearing loop covers all of the
café carriage saloon and serving area.
There are bus and coach services from
Tauranga as well as inter-regional and
long distance bus and coach
Wellington to other North Island
The Northern Explorer train is a reserved seating
'One Class' non-smoking service.
The Northern Explorer train does not operate on Christmas Day - 25 December.
The Northern Explorer
The Northern Explorer train service from Auckland to Wellington,
operates on Monday, Thursday and Saturday only.
The Northern Explorer train service from Wellington to Auckland,
operates on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday only.
Travelling on the Northern Explorer train is a genuine kiwi rail experience
through the North Island's unique scenic beauty.
From Auckland, you can explore the beautiful Bay of Islands and the
thermal wonderland of Rotorua, by choosing from a range
of suggested independent bus touring travel packages
ranging from 1 to 5 days in duration.
Papakura (Auckland) is the closest railway
station for Auckland International Airport.
There is no overnight passenger train service between Auckland,
Hamilton, National Park, Ohakune, Palmerston North and Wellington.