Escape to WOW®

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

Escape to WOW by train

Prices from $777*

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World of WearableArt® Awards Show 2022

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 breath-taking 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 Tickets for the World of WearableArt Awards Show, this package offers all the elements of a premium experience.

Map of our Wellington City Break package


  • Northern Explorer travel From Auckland or Hamilton
  • Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea aboard our Northern Explorer train
  • Two Nights' Accommodation in Wellington (Breakfast included)
  • Premium Tickets to Wow awards show
  • WOW souvenir Programme
  • optional return flight or train on request

Relax on New Zealand rail passing mountains and volcanoes aboard the Northern Explorer
Enjoying the views from the Northern Explorer train open-air carriage
Day 1: Northern Explorer train

Day 1: Northern Explorer train

With Auckland's magnificent skyline receding into the distance, your Wellington City Escape begins with an immediate scenic treat as you pass along the Auckland coast and across Hobson Bay. City life will soon be a distant memory as we serve Morning Tea to your seat while the expansive plains of South Auckland and Waikato roll past your window.

After weaving through the rural river valleys of King Country, it is time to ascend the volcanic Central Plateau. A rapid 132m ascent is achieved in just 6.8km by winding around the Raurimu Spiral - a world-renowned masterpiece of early railway engineering.

Once at the top, the three volcanic peaks of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu dominate the skyline. We'll serve Lunch to your seat while you wind your way through mountain forests and across towering viaducts as you circle the foothills of Ruapehu.

A long steady descent brings you to Rangitikei, where the distinctive river cliffs carve into the landscape. Three more magnificent viaducts come in quick succession as you cross the horseshoe bends of the spectacular Rangitikei River. Your afternoon will then continue lazily roaming through the rolling meadows and paddocks of Manawatu while we serve you Afternoon Tea. One more change in scenery comes in the early evening as the train meets the Kapiti Coast. On a pleasant spring evening, you'll be watching the sun go down over Kapiti Island and the headlands of the South Island as you approach your destination, sparkling Wellington.


Northern Explorer leaving Auckland through Hobson Bay
Looking out on Ruapehu on board the Northern Explorer
Crossing the South Rangatikei Viaduct aboard the Northern Explorer


Day 2: World of WearableArt Awards Show 2022

Day 2: World of WearableArt Awards Show 2022

The World of WearableArt Awards Show is NZ’s largest theatrical production, showcasing incredible works of wearable art from designers across New Zealand and around the world.

Uniquely inspiring and creative, the critically acclaimed World of WearableArt Awards Show is a fusion of world-class dance and theatrical performance, stirring music, visual projections and larger than life backdrops. Described by Coveteur New York as ‘Part Cirque du Soleil, part Broadway play and part avant-garde couture show’ you will be captivated from 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 Section, 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 2022 WOW Awards Show.


discover the World of WearableArt with our WOW train packages
discover the World of WearableArt with our WOW train packages
Explore the World of WearableArt with our WOW train packages
Day 3: Explore Wellington

Day 3: Explore Wellington

Spend a day exploring New Zealand's quaint little capital. We recommend starting with a sumptuous coffee and lunch at one of Wellington's many boutique cafes. Once refreshed and revitalised, spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Wellington's many incredible sights and activities.

We recommend making your list of Wellington must-do activities in advance to ensure you don't run out of time. And if you need some inspiration, then try our recommended list. Some require booking in advance, so please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to include these in your itinerary.

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Your Wellington Accommodation

Your Wellington Accommodation

Your wonderful World of WearableArt Awards Show break deserves a wonderful hotel. Choose your beautiful Wellington hotel from our hand-picked selection. From serene harbour views to the buzzing heart of Cuba Street, the choice is yours.

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Book our special WOW Explorer Train
Departing Saturday 8 October 2022

In celebration of the return of the World of WearableArt Awards Show and the Northern Explorer, we’ve teamed up with WOW to bring you a very special and exclusive experience – the WOW Explorer Train!

In addition to everything you’d wish for from the renowned Northern Explorer train journey, this service will be full of all things WOW. You’ll be treated to a special WOW garment appearance, a WOW goody bag for each passenger, plus there will be spot prizes, giveaways and more onboard during your journey to Wellington!

This package wraps together all the elements you need for the ultimate WOW experience, including the Northern Explorer train journey from Auckland to Wellington, Premium tickets to the WOW Awards Show on Sunday 9 October (choose from the matinee session or evening performance) and accommodation in Wellington.

Add two ticks on your bucket list and join us for an incredible journey like no other!

Note: the special WOW Explorer train service experience is only available for the package departing Auckland on Saturday 8 October.


World of WearableArt Package Dates
Depart Auckland Sat 1 October 2022 - 2 night package
WOW Awards Show Sun 2 Oct
Premium & Stageside Experience Available
Special WOW Train (View details)
Depart Auckland Sat 8 October 2022 - 2 night package
WOW Awards Show Sun 9 Oct
Premium Seats Only
Depart Auckland Mon 10 October 2022 - 3 night package
WOW Awards Show Wed 12 Oct
Premium Seats Only
Depart Auckland Sat 15 October 2022 - 2 night package
WOW Awards Show Sun 16 Oct
Premium & Stageside Experience Available

All packages include single train fare, 2 nights in Wellington (except departure on 10/10/22 which is 3 nights), and WOW Awards Show tickets. All Packages are subject to availability at the time of enquiry until a firm booking is made. Return flights or train plus additional accommodation and activities are available on request.

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