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Escape to the Chateau Tongariro – Departing Wellington

Duration: 4 Days

Price: From $885 NZD

Departure From: Wellington

Departure Date: Departs Wellington on Weds, Fri & Sun

Tour Type: Short Break

Meal Plan: B&B and selected meals

Physical Grading: 1


Plan a magical escape to the Chateau Tongariro travelling on the iconic Northern Explorer from Wellington to National Park, and stay amongst one of New Zealand’s spectacular unique landscapes.

The train leaves Wellington early in the morning and makes its way up the dazzling Kapiti Coast before moving into the rolling green farmland and quaint country towns of the Manuawatu. From here you pass over a succession of imposing viaducts before entering the Central Plateau and the magnificent sight of the 3 mighty volcanoes – Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu.

At the very special and unique Chateau Tongariro you can immerse yourself in this unique landscape of ancient lava flows and dense beech forest while staying in the timeless atmosphere that the Chateau works hard to preserve, dating from the opulent days of the “Roaring ’20s” when it first opened.

This tour is completely flexible so if you want to add additional days, change activities and attractions, include pre or post accommodation or transfers, just let us know.

Escape to Chateau Tongariro Highlights

  • Northern Explorer Train Journey (return)
  • Soak up the timeless elegance and heritage at the Chateau Tongariro
  • Enjoy a High Tea Experience in the opulent Ruapehu Lounge
  • Take a short walk in the National Park amongst the rich forest and surrounded by majestic volcanoes
  • Take a journey into the clouds on the Sky Waka Gondola with floor to ceiling views across a spectacular landscape on Mt Ruapehu.
Chateau Tongariro

Northern Explorer Scenic Class Experience

In Scenic Class you’ll experience spacious reclined seats with generous amounts of legroom and comfort, panoramic windows, glass shelves and skylights. And to heighten your comfort, state-of-the-art airbag suspension has been used to guarantee a smooth ride across our rugged New Zealand terrain.

While onboard, you might like a stroll to the Northern Explorer Scenic Cafe carriage where you’ll find a great selection of hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams. Indulge in a freshly brewed specialty tea or barista coffee married with a sumptuous cake? Or perhaps toast your special journey with a bottle of bubbles or craft beer?

The Open-air Viewing Carriage is also great place to get some fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors while on the move. Capture the magical views on camera and let your short break begin!

Enjoying great journeys of New Zealand

For a detailed itinerary, the Northern Explorer timetable, departure days, and Northern Explorer fare conditions, please see below.

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Departure Dates & Timetable

  • The Northern Explorer departs Wellington on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 25 September 2022
  • The service  departs National Park for Wellington on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • There is one departure on operating days.
  • The Northern Explorer departs Wellington at 07.55 arriving into National Park at 13.14.
  • The Northern Explorer departs National Park at 13.15 arriving in Auckland at 18.25.
  • You must be at the station at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

Tour Inclusions

  • Return train journey on the Northern Explorer in Scenic Class
  • 3 nights accommodation at the Chateau Tongariro in a Heritage room
  • Buffet Breakfast daily
  • High Tea at the Chateau Tongariro
  • Return journey on the Sky Waka Gondola
  • Return train station transfers

Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person twin share, subject to availability
  • Based on Wednesday or Friday departures.
  • Packages can be based on 1 night or if departing on Sunday the package can be changed to include 1 or 4 nights based on train schedule.
  • Single supplements available on request
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Wellington to National Park
Your journey begins onboard the Northern Explorer Scenic Train. Make yourself comfortable as you travel beside Wellington's Harbour and up along the sparkling waters of the Kapiti Coast. You'll pass through the rolling farmlands of the Manuawatu, dotted with quaint country towns and follow the dramatic Rangitikei River gorge. The next section to National Park is an exciting one as you come around the Turangarere Horseshoe, a huge hairpin bend around a small green valley, and then cross a succession of viaducts such as the famous Makatote Viaduct and on to the Central Plateau and its volcanic landscape. On arrival at National Park Station, you will be transferred to the historic Chateau Tongariro where you will be taken back in time to the opulence of the 1920's. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
After breakfast your day is yours to explore. There are many walks in the area to choose from and you have time to take the Sky Waka Gondola taking in the spectacular views from Mt Ruapehu.
After breakfast your day is yours to explore. Experience the Chateau's High Tea in the opulent Ruapehu Lounge and gaze away and afternoon out the window at Mt Ngauruhoe.
After breakfast you have the morning free before being transferred to the National Park railway station for your return journey to Wellington onboard the Northern Explorer train.

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