Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on Auckland has to say about the Northern Explorer Train:
“The Northern Explorer (formerly called the Overlander) trains depart from Britomart Station, the largest underground diesel train station in the world. They depart from Auckland at 7.45am and arrive in Wellington at 7.45pm (the return train from Wellington departs and arrives at the same time).
Useful stops include Hamilton (21⁄2 hours), Otorohanga (3 hours), Te Kuiti (31⁄4 hours), Taumarunui (41⁄2 hours), National Park (51⁄2 hours), Ohakune (61⁄2 hours), Palmerston North (91⁄2 hours) and Paraparaumu (11 hours).”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD