Wellington to Hamilton by Train

A memorable journey through the North Island by Rail

Travelling from Wellington to Hamilton is made easy aboard the Northern Explorer train, and it's more than just a great way to reach your destination. On your journey aboard the Northern Explorer, you'll be treated to the most stunning scenery the North Island has to offer, and enjoy a relaxing ride in award winning carriages at the same time.

Whether you're looking for a comfortable way to reach the city of Hamilton or you want to explore the attractions at one of the destinations along the route, travelling by train from Wellington to Hamilton is bound to be a trip you'll never forget. Breathtaking scenery awaits you, including rugged coastline, expanses of lush green farmland, and cute country townships all ready to be discovered.

Start your journey in Wellington before boarding the Northern Explorer train, then pass through Paraparaumu, Palmerston North, Ohakune, Tongariro National Park and Otorohanga before arriving in Hamilton.

Take some time out in Wellington

When you start your journey in the capital, there's no excuse not to spend some time exploring the city before making your way north. Check out the area's gorgeous waterfront, packed with bars, cafes and cultured art galleries, before making an essential stop at Wellington's most iconic attractions.

The Beehive, Te Papa Museum and the historic cable cars are all must-do's in this breezy New Zealand city, so make sure you set some time aside to discover at least one of them before you catch the Wellington to Hamilton train!

Schedule some stopovers during your journey

On the train to Hamilton from Wellington, you will travel through some of the North Island's most well-known destinations. If admiring the scenery on the way through isn't enough to satisfy your craving for adventure, we recommend a stopover in whichever town you wish.  Adding a stopover is an easy and incredible way to add flexibility and extra memories to your journey, check our fare types for options on adding these in. 

There are plenty of options - why not visit the native birds at Owlcatraz in Palmerston North, ski the slopes of Mt Ruapehu when you stop over in Ohakune, or admire the starry ceiling of renowned glow worm habitat, the Waitomo Caves?

Arrive in Hamilton

Once you arrive by train to Hamilton from Wellington, you'll be spoilt for choice as for what to do in New Zealand's largest inland city. Whether you're travelling as a family, solo, or with your partner, there's something to treat you in this up-and-coming New Zealand hub.

Uncover the history of the region at Waikato Museum, get up close and personal to cuddly critters at Hamilton Zoo, or while away a romantic afternoon at the Bank Hamilton Gardens. To continue the scenic theme of your journey, why not indulge in a flight via helicopter or hot air balloon over the city?

There are plenty of places to wine and dine - the options are endless. Grab breakfast at a quaint cafe, or go all out with an indulgent dinner at a fine restaurant. For a simple pleasure, an ice cream or picnic by the mighty Waikato River is sure to please!

Travelling on the Northern Explorer 

Making your way from Wellington to Hamilton aboard the Northern Explorer is far more than a no-fuss way to get to your destination - it's also a scenic journey that no passenger can help but love.

Each world-class train is designed for the best in scenic viewing, an absolute must when you're making your way through the gorgeous landscape of New Zealand. Expansive panoramic windows offer breath taking views of your surrounds, while an open-air viewing carriage allows you the chance to have absolutely nothing between you and the natural beauty of the North Island.

Our licensed on-board cafe offers delicious snacks, meals and beverages to satisfy peckish passengers, and it's easy to grab a bite to eat before you sit back and relax to listen to the GPS-enabled commentary.

Whichever way you choose to experience your journey from Wellington to Hamilton by train, you're sure to fall in love with the charms hiding in every corner of the North Island along the way.