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Passenger Train Services from Wellington
Suburban Regional Commuter and Long Distance Rail Services
Service Information:   Effective from 1 Mar 18 - All train services on the Johnsonville, Melling, Hutt & Kapiti lines and the Wairarapa Connection train services are operating normal timetables. For further information or any disruptions to Wellington suburban and Wairarapa Connection train services, please call Metlink 0800-801-700 Tollfree * The Capital Connecton service is operating to normal timetable * The Northern Explorer Wellington/Palmerston Nth/Ohakune/National Park/Hamilton/Auckland train service is operating Tuesday, Friday & Sunday. For alternative Wellington to Auckland land travel Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, please click on the above Scenic Bus Services link for online times, fares & instant confirmation reservations
  Wellington Suburban and Regional Train Services  

Wellington suburban train services

For fare and timetable information, please phone Metlink on 0800-801-700 tollfree in New Zealand or click for online train timetables on the Johnsonville, Melling, Kapiti, Hutt and Wairarapa Lines only.

Wellington regional commuter train services

For timetable information for the Wairarapa Connection (Wellington/Featherston/Carterton/Woodside/Masterton) and the Capital Connection (Wellington/Otaki/Levin/Shannon/Palmerston North) train services - please phone Metlink on
0800-801-700 Tollfree in New Zealand or click for online fares and timetable information for the Capital Connection or the Wairarapa Connection.

Capital Connection and the Wairarapa Connection train services are commuter rail services, so reservations are not required. Tickets for these train services are available from Metlink ticket office - Wellington Railway Station, Masterton Railway Station, Featherston Railway Station and Palmerston North Railway Station or from the respective Train Manager's on the day of travel.

Welington Suburban train

  Long Distance Passenger Train Services From Wellington  
There are no passenger train services from Wellington to Napier or Hastings, Wellington to New Plymouth, Wellington to Wanganui, Wellington to Taupo, Wellington to Tauranga or Wellington to Rotorua.

The Northern Explorer Train


The Northern Explorer train is a scenic rail journey travelling through five unique geographical regions of New Zealand's North Island - between Wellington - New Zealand’s arts and culture capital to Auckland - New Zealand’s largest city and home of the Sky Tower. 

You will see fantastic views of the North Island's heartland flat farmland, rugged native bush, the volcanic plateau with its majestic volcanoes of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu - the home of the North Island skifields, the world famous Raurimu rail spiral and stunning river gorges – all from panoramic windows or open air viewing deck.

All carriages on the
Northern Explorer train are centrally heated/air conditioned, with 'Airline' style forward facing seats with head rests and 'Table Group' (4 people around a table) seating, large panoramic windows of the magnificent North Island. 

Northern Explorer train has a café carriage, offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and light meals and viewing platform.

Northern Explorer train is a reserved seating 'One Class/Non-smoking' service.

Northern Explorer train operates Tuesday, Friday and Sunday only between Wellington and Auckland.

Northern Explorer train does not operate of Christmas Day - 25 December.

Please click for timetable information and online reservations.

There is no overnight passenger rail or train service between Wellington, Palmerston North, Ohakune, National Park, Hamilton and Auckland.
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