North Island Train Trip - 3   day New Zealand Tour

North Island Train Tour

Hamilton & the Waikato countryside, Central North Island forests, Raurimu Spiral, Tongariro National Park and volcanoes, Manawatu viaducts, Kapiti Coast, Wellington city, Te Papa & more…

This short getaway packs a lot of wonderful sights into three days. The highlight is the chance to experience the North Island Main Trunk Line from Hamilton to Wellington as we traverse the country from the comfort of the Northern Explorer train. Coupled with some sightseeing in Wellington (including a tour of Te Papa museum), this is a trip not to miss.  Two nights in Wellington allows plenty of time to see all the sights.

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DAY 1 After picking you up at your door, we enjoy a leisurely day getting to know each other as we make our way to Hamilton to board our train for our trip through the stunning North Island to Wellington. The Northern Explorer train is fitted with panoramic windows and spacious comfortable seating to make the trip extra special.


Leaving Hamilton, we pass the lush pastures of the Waikato as the train starts to climb through the rugged back-blocks of the King Country. Further on, the sheep and beef farms give way to native bush as we cross the Whanganui River and climb the famous Raurimu Spiral.


The ‘piece de resistance’ for many is the section skirting the Tongariro National Park. Here you can admire views of the 3 active volcanic cones of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, as well as the clear streams and dense forest that warranted Tongariro to become the world’s 6th national park and a UNESCO World Heritage area. Pass the snow capped peaks as you enjoy lunch on board, or try the open-air carriage for some fantastic photo opportunities.


Descending down through the Manawatu along the Rangitikei River, the train crosses some breathtaking viaducts before hitting the Kapiti Coast for panoramic views out to Kapiti Island. Upon arrival in Wellington city we are picked up and taken to our city central top hotel for a fabulous dinner where we can all share memories from the day.


DAY 2 Today we have the whole day to explore all the sights Wellington has to offer, the beautiful St Pauls Catherdral (Wellington's original cathedral) recently re-opened after remedial work, and then the Parliament precinct. We ride the Wellington Cable Car and visit the Cable Car Museum. A must visit destination is New Zealand’s national museum – Te Papa Tongarewa. Here we will enjoy a private guided tour to learn more about the unique and interesting displays, including the much-awarded Gallipoli exhibition – The Scale Of War, created by Weta Workshop.


Day 3 Before we head to the airport today we will explore more of the city as we travel out to the Miramar Peninsular to see this less visited part of Wellington. Enjoy more sights of our nation’s often windy capital, such as the Wahine memorial before our afternoon flight back to Tauranga where we will have you home at your door in good time, with a smile on your face having enjoyed a few wonderful days on tour.

* Please note, that unless specified in the itinerary we do not usually include the cost of lunches or morning and afternoon tea stops in the tour cost, but we always make stops where there are a range of options available so you can choose what you want, and have flexibility to do things on your own if you wish.

Whats Included:

  • 3 days of touring

  • 2 nights at 4 star plus accommodation

  • Door to door service [home pickups]

  • Quality air-conditioned vehicle

  • Full commentary by your guide 

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • Northern Explorer train to Wellington

  • Lunch aboard the train

  • Guided tour of Te Papa museum

  • Wellington City sightseeing tour

  • Wellington Cable Car ride

  • Afternoon flight back to Tauranga

  • Plenty of stops along the way


You will see:

  • Stunning scenery throughout

  • Raurimu Spiral, an engineering marvel

  • Tongariro National Park

  • Breathtaking viaducts 

  • The Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa

  • Miramar Peninsula


Not included:

  • Any lunches unless specified* 

  • Morning/afternoon tea stops*

  • Any alcoholic beverages with meals