Travel the North Island

Travel from the buzzing streets of Auckland to the relaxing waterfront of Wellington, across the volcanic plateau and through rural townships, see the full spectrum of New Zealand life as you travel the North Island.

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See the full spectrum of NZ life as you travel New Zealand's North Island.

From the dazzle of Auckland, travel south through the gardens of Hamilton, stopping at Hobbiton and Waitomo glow worm caves.

Hike the Tongoriro crossing and admire the emerald lakes. Ski down Ruapehu, take the Sky Waka for a magnificent mountain lunch, stay at the famous old Chateau Tongariro.   

Cruise down the Kapiti Coast into wonderful Wellington, New Zealand's picturesque harbourside capital. From there, it's just a short ferry crossing to the South Island, where your adventure will continue.  

Explore the North Island

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Northern Explorer

Our Northern Explorer Auckland to Wellington train will take you through the heart of North Island, stopping at many of NZ's best places to visit, with huge panoramic windows to enjoy the spectacular New Zealand scenery.
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Stop along the way to see Hamilton's incredible gardens, the glowworms of Waitomo Caves, the cycleways and ski-fields of Ohakune, and explore the volcanic beauty of Tongariro National Park. 

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Discover Auckland

New Zealand's largest city is home to national museums and art galleries, alongside sandy beaches, sprawling green parks and volcanic cones.
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Explore Hamilton & Waikato

Lying at the heart of the vast alluvial Waikato Plains, Hamilton is New Zealand's fourth largest city.
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Waitomo Caves

Tourists have been visiting Waitomo Caves since the early nineteenth century, delving inside its labyrinthine caves to admire the glowworm population.
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Tongariro National Park

If you wish to see the extremes of New Zealand's harshest scenery and hike our world-famous Tongariro crossing, then National Park is the place to come.
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Visit Ohakune

Discover the quaint ski-resort town of Ohakune, set at the foot of Mount Ruapehu, one of New Zealand's iconic destinations
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Discover Wellington

With coffee, craft beer, and international cuisine top of the menu, Wellington showcases New Zealand's relaxed and friendly style.
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Cruise across Cook Strait


Connect between islands aboard our spectacular Interislander Cook Strait ferry.

Cruising between sparkling Wellington and pictureque Picton, you'll soon see why it is heralded as one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world.
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Our morning Picton ferry connects with the Coastal Pacific train to create a seamless Wellington to Christchurch train journey. The same applies in reverse, with the Coastal Pacific connecting with the afternoon Wellington ferry.

You can also stay overnight in Picton or head into the sanctuary of the Marlborough Sounds for an idyllic retreat from the bustle of modern life. Without doubt, Wellington is an NZ must-do destination.

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Discover Wellington

With coffee, craft beer, and international cuisine top of the menu, Wellington showcases New Zealand's relaxed and friendly style.
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Picturesque Picton

The peaceful harbour town of Picton is far more than a ferry port - it is a picturesque paradise on the banks one of the scenic Marlborough Sounds.
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Marlborough Sounds

Whether you're after adventure of indulgence, sunny Marlborough has great memorable experiences for everyone.
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Explore our Scenic Class Carriages

Settle down for the journey of a lifetime, with huge panoramic windows and comfy reclined seating
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Travel New Zealand by train

New Zealand travel doesn't get more scenic or comfortable than aboard on our scenic NZ train services
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Take a break in our Cafe

Explore our Scenic Cafe, where you'll find hot and cold food and drinks to feast upon along with the views
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