Hamilton to Wellington by Train

Make your way to the capital on the Northern Explorer

Imagine making your way through lush, rolling green farmland, admiring the wild and natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean just metres from your window, and stopping off on the way to tick off some of the North Island's favourite attractions. On the Northern Explorer train from Hamilton to Wellington, you'll have the chance to experience all this and more on a scenic journey like no other.

The Northern Explorer departs Hamilton for Wellington at 10.15am on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and traverses some of the North Island's most iconic destinations on the way. On your travels from Hamilton to Wellington, you'll pass through Otorohanga (Waitomo), National Park, Ohakune, Palmerston North and Paraparaumu before arriving at your destination.

Whether you're looking for an easy way to travel to New Zealand's bustling capital or you want to experience the North Island in all its glory, travelling by train to Wellington from Hamilton will definitely exceed your expectations. Hop aboard and enjoy a relaxing ride or schedule in a few stopovers on the way - the choice is yours!

Explore New Zealand's largest inland city before you leave

Before you hop aboard the Northern Explorer train Hamilton to Wellington, it's a great idea to get a taste of what Hamilton has to offer. This North Island gem is filled with plenty of attractions, so make sure you rise early to make the most of your time in the city.

Relax with an early morning picnic beside the mighty Waikato River, or grab a steaming hot coffee and delicious breakfast from one of the city's cafes to prepare for the day's adventures. While you're in the city, make sure you visit the Waikato Zoo, the Hamilton Gardens or Hamilton Zoo to really experience the charms of this North Island destination.

Pause to take in the sights on the way

If catching a glimpse of the gorgeous North Island scenery on the train trip Hamilton to Wellington isn't enough for you, it's easy to schedule a stopover or two during your journey. Stopovers are just an additional $10 per person per stop, and this is a perfect way to add flexibility and a unique twist to your journey.

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to destinations on the Hamilton to Wellington route. Choose from visiting the resident glow worms of the Waitomo Caves, embarking on the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing near National Park, or spending a day on the snowy slopes of Mt Ruapehu near Ohakune in winter - the options are endless.

Arrive in breezy Wellington

Once you arrive in New Zealand's cultured capital, there's plenty to see and do. Whether you visit Wellington's most iconic attractions or hunt down the city's lesser-known charms, a stay in this creative hub is always one to remember.

Make like a true tourist and visit the Beehive, Weta Workshop and Te Papa Museum, and take a ride on the historic red cable car to truly complete the 'Welly' experience. There are also plenty of other places to explore this city's heritage, including the City Gallery Wellington and Colonial Cottage Museum.

Aside from the most well-known attractions, there is a lot more to discover in this windy city. Explore the charming waterfront and enjoy a romantic stroll beside the glittering ocean, pick up a bargain from a fashion-forward boutique, or make a night of it and dine on sumptuous fare at one of the many cafes and restaurants.

Enjoy your journey on the Northern Explorer

Hopping aboard the Northern Explorer train to Wellington from Hamilton is more than a convenient and efficient way to reach your destination - it's also bound to be a memorable journey. 

Our world-class trains offer the ultimate in comfort and relaxation - simply sit back and unwind in your carriage while listening to the GPS-enabled commentary, or grab a hot meal, snack or refreshing beverage from the on-board licensed cafe to quell any hunger pangs.

Aside from this, travelling by KiwiRail train also means you'll be treated to a scenic journey that simply can't be rivalled. Each train is designed to offer the best in scenic travel, with expansive panoramic viewing windows in each carriage providing breath taking views of your surrounds.

For the perfect photo opportunity, head to the open-air viewing carriage for an unrestricted view of the landscape. There's absolutely nothing between you and the natural beauty of the North Island, meaning you'll be as close to nature as possible.

Whichever way you choose to experience your journey aboard the Northern Explorer train from Hamilton to Wellington, it's sure to be a journey you won't forget in a hurry.