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Northern Explorer- Auckland to Wellington By Train

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    What to Expect
    Travel through rolling green farmland, past quaint country towns and along rocky coasts. The journey through Tongariro National Park, with its three spectacular volcanic mountains- Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu- is a highlight, a place of extremes and surprises, where snow-blanketed fields, ancient lava flows and dense beech forests can be seen side by side. Traverse stunning river gorges and wind through the Raurimu Spiral near National Park, an amazing feat of railway engineering. 

    While on board enjoy the journey in award winning world class carriages with specially designed seats. Awaken your senses in the open air viewing decks or sit back and enjoy the GPS triggered audio commentary available through headphones at every seat. All trains have a licensed café carriage providing snacks and light meals.
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    Reviewed 4 days ago

    Fortunately we only took the train from Hamilton to Wellington. Catching the train at 10am or a little later from Hamilton station was useful, avoiding an early start from Auckland. And the journey was already long enough for us. Very pleasant way to travel, and...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Frangipani08
    Reviewed May 8, 2019

    This is a good way to travel from Auckland to Wellington. It is relaxing and you can take your time to see nature. The comment was a bit soft to here but what I could hear was very informative. The train also do photo stops

    Date of experience: January 2019
    1  Thank 897elsie
    Reviewed March 19, 2019

    Just finished our cruise always wanted to do this trip we started well from Auckland then we come to a halt at Homai station due to an Sad incedent up the line it took 5.30 hours before it was cleared lucky we could have a...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank GERRY3782
    Reviewed February 12, 2019

    A long trip - 11 hours - but have always wanted to go to Wellington by train and glad we did it. The scenery was amazing. I would certainly prefer to sit in one of the front carriages, as on the return trip, we were...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    1  Thank Sue W
    Reviewed November 12, 2018

    This is a must do trip! It is probably one of the best train trips we have ever done. Well worth the cost and extremely varied in scenery

    Date of experience: September 2018
    3  Thank 540robl
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    Janice T
    July 21, 2019|
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    Response from Sue W | Reviewed this property |
    Yes, you can catch the Northern Explorer from Wellington to Auckland and it does stop at a few places along the way. Trip takes about ten hours.
    Tracie R
    June 9, 2019|
    Response from GERRY3782 | Reviewed this property |
    When you like to get off at National park and stay for a few days make sure mark Suitcases national park not Wellington when we were on it 10 ppl got off had all Scasses marked Wellt had to pull all S casses off to find... More
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