Northern Explorer Fares

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


The following fares are available when you book online. However, they may not always be visible and are subject to availability.  For travel from 1st April 2018, we've made some changes to our fare conditions. These changes are outlined below under each of the fare types. 

Get unlimited stops and total freedom:

Flexi Plus train fares

With a Northern Explorer Flexi Plus ticket, you can explore between Auckland and Wellington at your leisure. Flexi Plus train fares include free stopovers and date changes, so you can amend 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
  • If you change your date of travel, the amended travel must be used within 6 months of the original travel date
  • Bookable any time before train departs, subject to seat availability

 There will be no changes to the Flexi Plus train fare conditions for travel from 1st April 2018. 

 

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Our flexible saver train fare:

Flexi train fares

With our Flexi train 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.

The Flexi train fare includes:

  • 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

 

From the 1st April 2018, the Flexi fare will  include flexible travel date change option and free stopovers with conditions as follows: 

  • 50% refundable up to 24 hours before travel
  • Unlimited date changes up to 24 hours before travel.  If the same price fare isn't available, a fare upgrade payment will be required
  • If you change your date of travel, the amended travel must be used within 6 months of the original travel date
  • Free stopovers (hop on and off at any stations you like en-route using the "Add a Stop" button when booking) which must be booked 48 hours before travel 
  • Bookable any time before train departs, subject to availability

 

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Domestic starter train fares:

Starter train fares

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

Starter train 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

 

For travel from 1st April 2018, Starter fares will include:

  • Non-refundable
  • Unlimited date changes up to 24 hours before travel.  If the same price fare isn't available, a fare upgrade payment will be required. 
  • If you change your date of travel, the amended travel must be used within 6 months of the original travel date
  • $10 per stopover (using the "Add a Stop" button) and must be booked 48 hours before travel
  • Bookable any time before train departs, subject to seat availability

 

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Domestic super-saver fares:

Webstarter train fares

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

  • Non-refundable
  • Have no date change flexibility 
  • No stopovers (point-to-point travel only)
  • Not bookable on day of departure

For travel from 1st April 2018, these fares will no longer be available and will become part of the Starter fare so we can still offer lower cost travel but with added flexibility. 

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