Kia Ora. Welcome to Ruapehu

Great Journeys New Zealand

The Northern Explorer train takes its passengers on a scenic journey and connects them with quaint towns' and local culture along the way.

Embark on an extraordinary journey with the Northern Explorer, covering an impressive 680km of incredible landscapes, historic bridges, and charming towns on its route between Auckland and Wellington.

As you traverse this route, one of the most captivating stops is nestled in the Ruapehu region, where you'll have the opportunity to disembark and immerse yourself in the wonders of Taumarunui, National Park, or Ohakune. Each place boasts its own unique offerings, promising a delightful experience during your train expedition.

The Ruapehu region is renowned for its iconic Raurimu Spiral, an engineering marvel that will leave you in awe as the train navigates the winding ascent, offering breathtaking mountain views from open carriages that let you fully appreciate the surrounding beauty.

Once you've stepped off the train, a plethora of exploration opportunities await. Consider booking a short break package with Great Journey New Zealand’s Travel Centre team.  The short break packages depart Auckland or Wellington, bringing you to Taumarunui for a two night stay.  Experience a half day rail cart adventure at Forgotten World Adventures.

If you are planning to travel beyond the Ruapehu region and wish to join a group guided tour, Great Journeys New Zealand have two styles of tours on offer. Signature guided tours range 6 – 17 days, include more prebooked activities making the journey relaxing and comfortable.  The Classic guided tours range 6 – 15 days giving you more spare time and flexibility to choose and book activities.  Both guided tours spend nights in Ohakune offering options of cycling the Timber Trail, joining a rail cart tour and canoeing the Whanganui River, to name a few!

Whatever your Ruapehu region adventures entails you can re-join the Northern Explorer train journey again knowing that you have explored and taken some extraordinary moments and memories with you.