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The Northern Explorer is a long distance scenic train running between Auckland and Wellington. Hire a KiwiRail carriage or train and your conference begins as soon as you step on board. Our purpose-built scenic carriages are large, spacious and perfect for a conference on the move. With friendly on-board staff and Wishbone catering, your next event is sure to be memorable on the Northern Explorer train service, or on a KiwiRail Scenic Classic Charter service.

Conference on a train, now there’s a thought.

One of the best ways to really see New Zealand’s ever-changing landscapes unfold and explore some of this country’s special places, unique attractions and outdoor activities is by train. Hire a carriage on one of the Northern Explorer scheduled services, or hire a whole train with the KiwiRail Scenic Classic Charters, make your next event a truly unique & memorable experience.

Spacious carriages, on board catering, themed carriage options and friendly staff will ensure your guests are comfortable and well looked after – with room to relax and enjoy the stunning New Zealand scenery rolling past the windows.

For a conference with a difference, consider the train and talk to KiwiRail Scenic Journeys today.

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Northern Explorer Services

Scheduled Northern Explorer services depart Hamilton train station at 10.15am travelling southbound on Monday Thursday & Saturday. The northbound service to Auckland departs Hamilton at 4.30pm on Tuesday, Friday & Sunday.

KiwiRail Scenic Classic Charter Trains

For added flexibility, hire a classic charter train and travel whenever and wherever you want. For more information and to discuss your requirements please contact our Charter Manager (




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