Train to National Park

Travel to National Park, Mt Tongariro on the Northern Explorer Train

The North Island’s central volcanic plateau is a place of extremes and surprises, where snow-blanketed fields, ancient lava flow and dense beech forests can be seen side by side. The central plateau’s three volcanic mountains - Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu – are spectacular sights and not to be missed on your next North Island adventure.

The Northern Explorer train between Auckland and Wellington makes stops at both National Park and Ohakune stations, providing a fantastic way to travel to and from the central plateau region. The train operates a six day timetable, travelling southbound from Briotmart station in Auckland on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, and northbound from Wellington central train station on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

The Northern Explorer features panoramic windows, an on board licensed café, GPS triggered at-seat commentary and open air viewing. It’s a comfortable, stress free, and relaxing way to travel, and with generous baggage allowances, there’s no need to pack light. Learn more about the Northern Explorer train including full timetablesmenu options, and group travel and options.