Fares and Discounts

Get a Flexi Plus fare with unlimited stops and date flexibility or grab a limited bargain with one of our discounted Northern Explorer promotional fares!


The following fares are available through our online booking system. However, they may not always be visible and are subject to availability.  

Get unlimited stops and total freedom:

Flexi Plus fares

With a Northern Explorer Flexi Plus ticket, you can explore between Auckland and Wellington at your leisure. Flexi Plus fares include free stopovers and date changes, so you can change your plans whenever and however you like!

Flexi-Plus prices include:

  • Free stopovers (stop off and visit towns and places of interest en-route)
  • Fully refundable up to 24 hours before travel
  • Fully flexible, with unlimited free date changes up to 24 hours before travel
  • Fully changeable, so you can change your destination, start point, or add stopovers up to 24 hours before travel
  • Bookable any time before train departs, subject to seat availability

 

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Our flexible saver fare:

Flexi fares

Our Flexi fare is our semi-flexible discounted Northern Explorer fare. With a Flexi discount fare, you still get to stop free of charge wherever you like along the Northern Explorer route. You also get one free date change should your plans change.

Flexi prices include:

  • 50% refundable up to 48 hours before travel
  • One free date change and $20 per change thereafter up to 48 hours before travel
  • Free stopovers (hop on and off at any stations you like en-route using the "Add a Stop" button)
  • Bookable any time before train departs, subject to availability

 

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Domestic promotional fares:

Starter fares

A limited number of cheap Northern Explorer fares, called Starter fares, are released into the New Zealand market during low season. These promotional fares provide a small amount of flexibility to cover changes in travel plans, while stopovers can be added at an additional cost.

Starter fares are:

  • Non-refundable
  • $20 per date change up to 48 hours before travel
  • $10 per stopover (using the "Add a Stop" button)
  • Bookable any time before train departs, subject to seat availability

 

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Domestic super-saver fares:

Webstarter fares

A very small number of off-peak Northern Explorer super saver fares, called the Webstarter, are released into the domestic market during the low season. These discounted fares are non-flexible and are for point-to-point travel only (no stopping en-route).

Webstarter fares are:

  • Non-refundable
  • No date changes
  • No stopovers (point-to-point travel only)
  • Not bookable on day of departure

 

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