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North Island

Northern Express

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Location Start: Auckland     End: Auckland 

Daily departures. A relaxing 6 day train tour of the North Island from Auckland south, including tours of Wellington, Napier wine district and Rotorua.

Tour Options:




Explore NZ by Coach or Self-Drive Car

Northern Express 6 Days, 5 Nights

Daily departures # TT969OVS

Tour Inclusions:

5 nights accommodation
Transfers within journey
Overlander Train Journey*
Wellington City Tour
Napier Wine Tour
Maori Hangi & Concert
Te Puia Geothermal Experience
Rainbow Springs
Agrodome Sheep Show
Waitomo Glow-worm Caves


All tours are flexible.  Pre and post tour accommodation and airport transfer packages available.


This tour of the north has it all, stunning scenery, Overlander Train journey, cultural experiences and wine tasting.


Day 1: Auckland - Wellington
Board the Overlander train for a full day journey from Auckland to Wellington. Follow the Waikato River southwards, negotiate the Raurimu Spiral, skirt around Mt Ruapehu and then descend from the central plateau to the Kapiti Coast and Wellington. Stay 2 nights in Wellington.

*Please note, over winter the Overlander train schedule is decreased - in this situation an express coach will replace the train. 

Day 2: In Wellington
A morning tour of the city will take in the Parliament Buildings, Old St Paul's Cathedral, Mt Victoria and an optional ride on the cable car. This afternoon enjoy your guided tour of Te Papa.


Day 3: Wellington - Napier
Board your coach and travel via Palmerston North and the Manawatu Gorge to the vineyards of the Hawkes Bay. You will be met and taken on a tour of the vineyards and the Napier district.  Stay 1 night in Napier.


Day 4: Napier - Rotorua
This morning is free to explore the art deco city. Continue across the Rangitaiki Plains to Lake Taupo then north past the steam fields of Wairakei to Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert. Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 5: In Rotorua
This morning  see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools at the thermal area, tame trout at the springs and performing sheep and dogs at the Agrodome. Your afternoon is free, there are many activities to enjoy.

Day 6: Rotorua - Auckland

Travel to Waitomo for a tour of the limestone caves. Cruise below a galaxy of glow-worms. Continue north via Hamilton, alongside the Waikato River to Auckland. You arrive late afternoon.



Accommodation has been chosen to fit our criteria of value for money, central locations, and guest services provided. All properties include TV and telephone in room and breakfast available on site. Our accommodation providers are fully informed of your travel arrangements and are happy to provide support and information during your stay.


There are five levels of accommodation, offering you a choice that fits your budget and holiday requirements.



Clean, comfortable, value for money accommodation Qualmark rating 3, 3+ Star



Tourist properties with full facilities on site. Qualmark rating 3+, 4 Star



First class tourist properties providing excellent locations and services. Qualmark rating 4, 5 Star



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