Latest Operational Schedule


  COASTAL PACIFIC Operating days: 29 SEPT 2022 –  | 02 February - 30th April 2023 7 days a week  | 21 SEPT 2023 - 29 April 2024 Thursday to Sunday

NOT OPERATING :01 MAY 2023 - 20 SEPT 2023 | 29 APRIL 2024 - 01 JULY 2024 
NORTHERN EXPLORER Operating days: Northbound (Wednesday, Friday & Sunday) | Southbound (Monday, Thursday & Saturday)
TRANZ ALPINE Operating days:  26 DEC 22 – 30 APRIL 23 7 days a week | 28 APRIL 2023 - 28 SEPT 2023 Friday to Monday | 29 SEPT 2023 - 6 MAY 2024 7 days a week | 10 MAY 2024 - 30 JUNE 2024 Friday to Monday
 Face masks are no longer mandatory on any of these train services Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific, and Tranz Alpine trains. However, we do recommend you continue wearing facemasks for your own safety while moving around the train. On-board crews will continue to wear facemasks for the time being.


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Wellington Short Break
Wellington Short Break
  • Duration: 3 Day
  • Category: Scenic Holidays
  • From: Auckland to Wellington
  • Valid: 16 Jan 2023 to 31 Mar 2024
  • Package Code: WLGBRK
  • Price Type: twin
  • Price: NZ $ 599 per person
Tour Overview

Day 1 - Northern Explorer Train to Wellington


The Northern Explorer train service is a scenic rail journey through the five unique geographical regions of the North Island - travelling between Auckland, New Zealand's largest city - home of the Sky Tower, through the central heartland of the North Island to Wellington - New Zealand's harbour capital and arts and culture centre.

On arrival in Wellington make your own way to your centrally located accommodation for the next 2 nights

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

147 The Terrace, Wellington

Terrace Room

Day 2 - Weta Workshop Tour

Experience the many sides of Weta Workshop’s creativity.  The 2hr Combo Tour will see you immerse yourself in our two most popular tours. Meet your guide at the Weta Cave store to begin your journey through the movie-magic world of Weta Workshop! 

Day 3

This morning you check out of your hotel, arrangements conclude

Itinerary Details

Day 1 KiwiRail Great Journeys of New Zealand - Northern Explorer Auckland to Wellington Train Service - Auckland to Wellington 0745 - 1825

Service : Train Service

Depart City : Auckland

Arrive City : Wellington

Depart Time : 07:45:00

Arrive Time : 18:25:00

Hotel Address :- Wellington

Hotel Name :- James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Hotel Check In :- Day 1

Hotel Check Out :- Day 3

Hotel Description :-

147 The Terrace


Terrace Room

Day 2 GreatSights - Weta Workshop There and Back Again 12.00pm Tour WLG WLG GSWEW3 (1200 1430) Day Tour - Wellington to Wellington 1200 - 1430

Service : Day Tour

Depart City : Wellington

Arrive City : Wellington

Depart Time : 12:00:00

Arrive Time : 14:30:00

Terms and Conditions

Travel reservations made within 4 days of departure time cannot be guaranteed. Price and itinerary are subject to change and availability. Please refer to your booking confirmation for final details. Package fares are NZD, per person, share twin, based on current promotional fares which are subject to change without notice. Package fare is made up of individual components from multiple suppliers and each component is subject to availability at the time of booking. Reservation, payment and cancellation conditions apply. 


  • Airfares 
  • Any meals unless otherwise specified within the itinerary
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
  • Any services not mentioned within the itinerary
  • Special event surcharges – surcharges and closeouts may apply
  • Items of a personal nature eg. laundry, internet access, phonecalls, excess luggage etc
  • Any credit card or bank fees
  • Travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended
  • Any further Government taxes or duties that may be introduced
  • When renting a vehicle (if applicable)     
    • Petrol/oil/CDW insurance for rental vehicle (airport/ferry terminal collection/return fee / bond / excess applies - pay direct)
    • Rental vehicle additional Fees - pay direct
    • GPS Navigational System
    • Car parking fees

Single pricing available on application. Please email



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