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Service Information:   As from 01 Feb 18: Train services on the Johnsonville, Melling, Hutt, Kapiti lines & the Wairarapa Connection train services are operating to normal timerables * The Capital Connecton train service between Wellington/Otaki/Levin/Shannon/Palmerston North is operating to normal timetable * The Northern Explorer Wellington/Palmerston Nth/Ohakune/National Park/Hamilton/Auckland train service is operating * For bus/coach services from Wellington to Plamerston North Hamilton and Auckland, please click on the above Bus Services link for online times, fares & instant confirmation reservations
Wellington Passenger Train Services
Suburban Regional Commuter and Long Distance Rail Services
Wellington Suburban and Regional Train Services  

Wellington suburban train services

For fare and timetable information, please phone Metlink on 0800-801-700 tollfree in New Zealand or click for online train timetables on the Johnsonville, Melling, Kapiti, Hutt and Wairarapa Lines only.

Wellington regional commuter train services

For timetable and fare information for the Wairarapa Connection (Wellington/Featherston/Carterton/Woodside/Masterton) and the  Capital Connection (Wellington/Otaki/Levin/Shannon/Palmerston North) train services - please phone Metlink on
0800-801-700 Tollfree in New Zealand or click for online fares and timetable information for the Capital Connection or the Wairarapa Connection.

Capital Connection and the Wairarapa Connection train services are commuter rail services, so reservations are not required. Tickets for these trains are available from  Metlink ticket office - Wellington Railway Station, Masterton Railway Station, Featherston Railway Station and Palmerston North Railway Station or from the respective Train Manager's on the day of travel.

Welington Suburban train

Long Distance Passenger Train Services
There are no passenger train or rail services from Wellington to Napier or Hastings, Wellington to New Plymouth, Wellington to Wanganui, Wellington to Taupo, Wellington to Tauranga or Wellington to Rotorua.
The Northern Explorer Train

The Northern Explorer train service is a scenic rail journey travelling through five unique geographical regions of New Zealand's North Island - between Wellington - New Zealand’s arts and culture capital to  Auckland - New Zealand’s largest city and home of the Sky Tower. 

You will see fantastic views of the North Island's heartland flat farmland, rugged native bush,  the volcanic plateau with its majestic volcanoes of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu - the home of the North Island skifields, the world famous Raurimu rail spiral and stunning river gorges – all from panoramic windows or open air viewing deck.

All carriages on the
Northern Explorer train are centrally heated/air conditioned, with forward facing seats with head rest or 'Table Group' (4 people around a table) seating, with large panoramic windows giving sweeping views of the magnificent North Island. 

Northern Explorer train has a café carriage, offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and light meals and viewing platform.

Northern Explorer train is a reserved seating 'One Class/Non-smoking' service.

Northern Explorer train does not operate of Christmas Day - 25 December.

Please click for timetable information and online reservations.

There is no overnight passenger rail or train service between Wellington, Palmerston North, Ohakune, National Park, Hamilton and Auckland.