The heart of the North Island
The Northern Explorer operates a six day timetable, heading south from Auckland on Monday, Thursday & Saturday, and returning north from Wellington on Tuesday, Friday & Sunday.
Experience the North Island’s extraordinary range of scenery in one journey as the Northern Explorer takes you through rolling green farmland and virgin bush, past quaint country towns and along rocky coasts.
The journey through Tongariro National Park, with its three spectacular volcanic mountains – Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe 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.
Please note: The Northern Explorer will not operate on 28 & 29 December 2015 due to scheduled engineering works taking place.
Deals & Escapes
Take the train to Hamilton and start discovering the mighty Waikato. From just $153 pp (share twin).
Discover world class luxury in the heart of New Zealand, from just $328 pp (share twin).
It’s the coolest little capital in the world, come and see for yourself. From just $253 pp (share twin).
Chateau Two Nighter
Break you trip on the Northern Explorer at Chateau Tongariro, from just $418 pp (share twin).
Auckland City Break
Sail into the city of sails on the Northern Explorer train. From just $298 pp (share twin).
National Park Breaks
Explorer the wilderness of Mt Ruapehu and the volcanic plateau. From just $260 pp (share twin).
Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton and Te Puia Tour
Explore these amazing destinations. From just $1083 pp (share twin).
Destinations & Activities
The Northern Explorer is 10 minutes’ walk from Auckland's iconic Sky Tower and waterfront.
Wellington, Capital City
New Zealand's creative, cultural and compact capital. The capital of 'cool'.
A World Heritage setting, home to the stunning Chateau Tongariro at the base of Mt Ruapehu.
Sunsets and sunrises
Spectacular sunrises and sunsets can often be seen as the Northern Explorer travels along the Kapiti coastline.
"Fantastic journey from Auckland to National Park for 2 weeks and return trip. Loved the scenery, the train and the staff were very friendly."
Newark upon Trent, UK
"My parents found the train staff very friendly, regularly offering help and also giving an occasional commentary, which was informative"
For me, the whole enjoyable experience wasn't when I stepped into the Hotel, but when I stepped aboard the KiwiRail service.