Escape to WOW®
Leaving Auckland with the sun rising over Waitemata Harbour, join us on a journey like no other, through the heart of the North Island to Wellington, where you'll enjoy Premium seats for the incredible World of WearableArt Awards Show
From $676* per person
*one way travel based on 2 nights' accommodation at Oaks Hotel, share twin, including a Premium seat for the 2021 World of WearableArt® Awards Show (show date, accommodation and return travel options available below)
Step away from normality and join us on a journey like no other. Gliding across rolling meadows and into intimate river valleys, beneath snow-capped mountains and over soaring viaducts. In Wellington, your journey will continue as the World of WearableArt Awards Show takes you beyond your imagination and into a world of breathtaking creativity.
This very special Northern Explorer package departs Auckland on a Scenic train journey to Wellington for an experience you will always treasure. With a four-star hotel (other options available) and Premium seats for the World of WearableArt® Awards Show, this package offers all the elements of a premium experience.
The World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards Show is New Zealand’s single largest theatrical production.
Uniquely inspiring and creative, the critically acclaimed World of WearableArt Awards Show fuses together world-class dance and theatrical performance, stirring music that takes you through a magical soundscape, visual projections and larger than life backdrops. Described by Coveteur as 'part Cirque du Soleil, part Broadway play, and part avant-garde couture show', you will be captivated the moment you step through the door.
This year, expect to journey through a world inspired by the Elizabethan Era, find yourself mesmerised as the stage explodes in a visual symphony of colour in the Monochromatic world, and be amazed as we see the human body used as an architectural canvas in the Architecture Section.
You’ll venture beyond your wildest imagination and discover the unorthodox, radical and experimental world of Avant-garde, the boundaryless Open section and the world of Aotearoa that celebrates who we are as people and what makes us proud to be New Zealanders. This year, escape to another world and lose yourself in the breath taking creativity of the 2021 WOW Show.
So, book your World of WearableArt Awards Show package with us now, and lose yourself in the unmissable 2021 Show.
We have limited numbers of Premium seats for selected performances only. Please see below for available dates and to book.
Your journey to the World of WearableArt Awards Show could not be more fitting. Leaving Auckland's towering skyline behind, settle back and watch as New Zealand's epic landscapes glide by your window in a kaleidoscope of breathtaking scenery.
As you weave through the rural river valleys of King Country whilst enjoying your Northern Explorer Morning Tea, city life will be a distant memory.
By early afternoon, the slow, steady, squeal of wheels, and circling sensation, marks the beginning of a 132m ascent in just 6.8km as you wind around the Raurimu Spiral - a world-renowned masterpiece of early railway engineering.
At the top, you will discover Tongariro National Park, where the three volcanic peaks of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu dominate the landscape.
After winding through mountain forests and across towering viaducts, a long steady descent brings you to Rangitikei, where distinctive river cliffs carve into the landscape. Here, the train will soar over three more breathtaking viaducts as it dances across the dramatic horseshoe bends of the Rangitikei River.
As the evening draws in, there is one last treat as the train meets the Kapiti Coast on the outskirts of Wellington. On a pleasant evening, you'll be watching the sun go down over Kapiti Island with the headlands of the South Island visible in the distance.
On arrival, you'll transfer to your Wellington hotel where you can relax in refined style or head out for dinner at one of Wellington's award-winning restaurants.
We have created four prepackaged Premium WOW Experience bundles. Each bundle is for two people and includes Premium tickets for the World of WearableArt Awards Show, one WOW Souvenir Programme, a choice of hotels, an Auckland to Wellington Northern Explorer fare, plus you can add a flight or return Northern Explorer journey at an additional cost.
We have a very limited number of these exclusive packages available for the following dates:
|02-04 Oct 2021
|2 nights (additional nights can be added)||Northern Explorer from Auckland, flight return|
|06-08 Oct 2021
|2 nights (additional nights can be added)||Flight from Auckland, Northern Explorer return|
|13-15 Oct 2021||2 nights (additional nights can be added)||Flight from Auckland, Northern Explorer return|
|16-18 Oct 2021||2 nights (additional nights can be added) Oaks Hotel now Sold out.||Northern Explorer from Auckland, flight return|
Upgrade to the Stageside Experience*
* additional charges apply
Available only for the performances on Sunday 3 and 17 October 2021.
The perfect way to treat yourself to an extraordinary WOW experience in 2021!
To make your 2021 WOW Awards Show experience even more extraordinary why not indulge in the new Stageside Experience? The Stageside Experience offers exclusive table seating for you and your friends right up close to the action of the Show. Your experience includes:
- Meet and greet by a member of the Front of House team
- Early entry to the venue so you can avoid the crowds
- Intimate stageside seating for up to 10 people at one table
- The opportunity to select your specific seats at the table
- A glass of bubbles on arrival
- A pre-Show tasting platter created by renowned caterer Sarah Searancke
- A 2021 WOW Souvenir Programme
Your Premium seats for the Show will be located in Block 8 tiered/upstairs as indicated below.
The Stageside Experience seats are located at tables 10 and 11 as indicated below.
Design your own experience...
We want your experience to fit you perfectly, so why not contact us to customise your package.
Make it suit you by adding hotels, activities, extra nights, before or after experiencing the World of WearableArt Awards Show.
Tailor it by staying two, three, four, or more, nights in our stunning capital city, Wellington.
Go behind the scenes by booking additional activities, such as a Weta Workshop Tour and Parliament Tour.
See the options below and then either call us or use the online booking system to make an enquiry.
Choose one of these incredible Wellington hotels as part of your Premium WOW Experience:
Oaks Wellington Hotel
Weta Workshops Tour
Te Papa Museum
Te Papa Museum
Somes Matiu Island
Hilton Auckland Hotel
SkyCity Hotel Auckland
Ramada Suites Auckland
Nesuto Stadium Hotel