Northern Explorer Fares

Get a Flexi Plus train fare with unlimited stops and date flexibility or grab a limited early-bird bargain with one of our Northern Explorer starter fares!

Northern Explorer crossing Waiteti Viaduct

The following fares are subject to availability may not always be visible or bookable in your region. 

 

Get unlimited stops and total freedom:

Flexi Plus fare

With a Northern Explorer Flexi Plus ticket, you can explore between Auckland and Wellington at your leisure. Flexi Plus train fares include free stopovers and date changes, so you can amend your plans whenever and however you like!

Flexi-Plus fares include:

  • Free unlimited stopovers (hop off and visit towns and places of interest en-route)
  • Fully refundable up to 24 hours before travel
  • Fully flexible, with unlimited free date changes up to 24 hours before travel
  • Fully changeable, so you can change your destination, start point, or add stopovers up to 24 hours before travel (amended travel must be within 6 months of original travel date)
  • Bookable any time before the train departs (subject to seat availability)

 

Go flexible for less:

Flexi fare

With our Flexi train fare, you still get to stop free of charge wherever you like along the Northern Explorer route. You also get free date changes should your plans change, although you may need to pay an upgrade fee if only Flexi Plus fares are available on your preferred date.

Flexi fares are:

  • 50% refundable up to 24 hours before travel
  • Unlimited date changes up to 24 hours before travel (a fare upgrade might be required and amended travel must be within 6 months of the original travel date)
  • Free stopovers (stop off and visit towns and places of interest en-route)
  • Bookable any time before the train departs (subject to fare availability)

 

Grab an early-kiwi-bird deal:

Starter fare

A limited number of Northern Explorer starter fares are released into the domestic market during low season. These train fares provide a small amount of flexibility to cover changes in travel plans, while stopovers can be added at an additional cost.

Starter fares are:

  • Non-refundable
  • Unlimited date changes up to 24 hours before travel (a fare upgrade might be required and travel must be within 6 months of the original travel date)
  • $10 Stopover fee for each stop added (Stopovers must be booked at least 48 hours before travel)
  • Bookable any time before the train departs (subject to seat availability)