KiwiRail's new North Island train service has been given a new name.
The Northern Explorer will begin in the middle of the year, which will see three weekly services from Auckland and three weekly services from Wellington.
KiwiRail Scenic Manager Tom Evers-Swindell says the new name signals a fundamentally different train service for the North Island and the transformation of the service into an internationally recognised tourism product.
He says the introduction of the new service with its new scenic carriages and shorter journey time will be a big shift in the experience offered to international and domestic passengers.
Mr Evers-Swindell says the future for long distance passenger train travel in New Zealand is now about creating a world-class travel experience, rather than simply getting from one place to another.
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