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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.