Kia Ora. Welcome to Ruapehu

Great Journeys of 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. Delve into the enchanting Forgotten World Highway, a scenic route with a rich history and charming countryside vistas. Or, for the more adventurous souls, embark on the world-famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a trek through majestic landscapes and volcanic terrain that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on your memory.

After a day filled with unforgettable experiences and picturesque vistas, you can easily hop back on the train, knowing that the memories you've made in the Ruapehu region will forever be etched in your heart, making your entire journey truly about the extraordinary moments along the way.