The great survivor
Saturday, December 15
Itinerary ex Wellington, Hutt Valley or Wairarapa
How is it that there is no train between Hamilton and Auckland, and yet Masterton, with a population of only 25 000 people, holds it’s interurban rail service with Wellington? When almost all other services were closed, Masterton even had a service to Palmerston North as late as 1988.
However they’ve done it, a trip through the engineering marvel that is the Rimutaka tunnel, and through the sunny fields and country towns of the Wairarapa, is a true wonder, and something to celebrate. Especially when you can take this 1 hour, 41 minute journey on the Wairarapa Line (WRL) for as little as $11.12 each way on an off peak ten trip fare.
The service on a weekend is not frequent, so this trip will require good planning and punctuality - there is only one chance each way.
To make the show, you'll need to take the morning service to Masterton - this leaves Wellington at 9.54am and arrives at 11.35am. You then have a leisurely amount of time to take lunch.
Doors at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History are at 1:3opm, music will start at 2:00, and the show will finish by 4:00.
Trains leave Masterton Station for Wellington at 4:45pm. Please note, it is a 20 minute walk to the station, and this is the last service for the day.
This journey is most affordable if you use Metlink 10-trip tickets. For these shows, you can use off-peak 10-trip tickets. Cash is also accepted on board Metlink Trains (without discounts), but there is no EFTPOS.