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About the train

Experience the extremes of the spellbinding New Zealand landscapes as you journey on board the Northern Explorer, a long-distance scenic train service, covering 680km of New Zealand’s finest scenery as it travels between Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and Wellington, New Zealand’s harbour capital.

As you journey through the central heartland of the North Island, you’ll witness mesmerising sights, from imposing mountainscapes, dense greenery and plunging gorges, to the barren plains and treeless void of the Rangipo Desert – all from the comfort of the spacious carriages, illuminated by the light pouring in through the large panoramic windows, or head to the open-air carriage for a breath of fresh alpine air whilst you embrace the sweeping views.

On-board experience

Prepare for a breathtaking excursion as you embark The Northern Explorer for a scenic, rail journey to Wellington. As you rumble through the heart of the North Island, sit back and relax in the comfort of the spacious carriages, finished with panoramic windows and glass shelves so as to bathe the carriages in light and deliver captivating views of New Zealand’s landscapes.

Head to the open-air carriage for undisturbed views and embrace the crisp mountain air, touched with the scent of pine forests.

General Information


All the trains are fitted with lifts/hoists for step-free access and have accessible seating.


Toilets are available on board throughout the journey.

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