The Overlander Train

The Overlander Train


scampr's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Very long journey so take a book, ipod player, pillow, etc. Seats are old airplane style but I think are due to be upgraded soon. We took cards but couldn't play due to the nature of the seats. Kids (train crazy) loved the journey surprisingly considering the long journey, especially the outside viewing platform and the small lounge area in the back carriage of the train (great for photos). The hot food on board is prone to running out so I think a well stock picnic bag might be a better idea. However the kapiti ice cream is nice for a mid afternoon and the overall food selection/pricing much better than it used to be. The viaducts and tunnels are the best bits, and if you can, arrange for nice weather so you can see the mountains. lol Tip: take a detailed route map with you so you can follow along where you are.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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portsmum's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 2/10

Staff great! 4 toilets on board,3 working at the start of the trip in Auckland 1 working by the time we got to Wellington. Bored beyond believe on the trip. Yes very nice scenery but even the tourists all nodded off to sleep. Thought they would have a dinning cart, not just a place you by food then go back to your seat and eat. Would have loved to go down to the dinning cart enjoy a nice meal with our friends and then go back to our seats. Very very long trip would not recommed it to others. Thank god we flew home, we did meet 5 other couple who had bought a package trip who were all dreading the trip home in 2 days.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Bruce & Bonnie Childs


Ranking: 9/10

Comfortable, scenic - should have a restaurant car.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Did this journey as part of an escorted tour. Did it in two parts. The first two hours are through some farmland, nothing outstanding. When we picked up the train a couple of days later at a sleepy town in the foot of the Alps, the train was crowded and there was a muck up with our seats. TranzScenics ticket system sems very antiquated and prone to errors. Fantastic views after National Parks stop then in to farmland. Then spectacular views into Cook Straits for the later part of the journey. The number of travellers had thinned out greatly. Staff throughout the journey were great. Train slowed at viaducts thereby allowing time for photos.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Really good way of travelling from Auckland to Wellington. Staff could not be more helpful. Excellent train journey.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2008

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Claire's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Travelled from National Park to Wellington. Train was 1.5 hours late (not that we were in a hurry but it didn't catch up any of the time)! Staff very friendly and helpful but food (veggie lasagne) pretty awful. Scenery beautiful and great to have big windows to view it from.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Caroline Cole


Ranking: 9/10

Very entertaining commentary! Staff really friendly.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Kerstin Brantryd


Ranking: 8/10

Better scenery, not so crowded as the TranzAlpine.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Takes a few hours, but plenty of space and ona clear day great views of volcanoes and river.

Reviewed about 13 years ago and experienced in March 2007