A secret train

Thursday, December 13

Itinerary ex Kapiti Coast or Wellington

Tickets here

To find out if the Capital Connection is on time, you must call (yes, call) an 0800 number and press 7. This gives you some idea of just how mysterious New Zealand’s only intercity commuter train is.

Taking in the best views of Wellington’s Kapiti Line, and shooting past coastal towns, productive plains, and derelict industry, this train is a window to our past, and perhaps to our future as well. While most rail journeys in New Zealand are slow, this train travels between Palmerston North and Wellington in only 2 hours, five minutes, fast enough to beat cars at peak times. It is a working class institution, with high demand for a seat near the bar.

To take the train both ways, this will be an overnight trip, requiring accommodation in the great city of Palmerston North. It is possible to do this trip without taking a day off work however.

To get to Palmerston North, take the one evening service from Wellington or any of the Kapiti Coast stops below. Be very early as some of these times are only approximate.

Wellington Station 5:15PM, Paraparaumu 6:03, Waikanae 6:10, Otaki 6:22, Levin 6:42, Shannon 6:57, Arrives Palmerston North 7:20.

You can pay on board (including by EFTPOS) but it's worth trying to pre-purchase a ticket at Wellington, Paraparaumu or Waikanae Stations, or the Palmerston North i-site before hand.

Town and The Globe are a decent walk from the station. We’ll be looking for local volunteers to do pickups if possible, and there are of course (rather infrequent) buses, and taxis.

Doors to the show open at 7:30pm, and the show will start at 8:00pm.

To return home, please note that the train leaves Palmerston North Station on Friday morning at 6:15am. You'll arrive before the workday begins, just like a true Capital Connection commuter.

Full price fares from Wellington Station are $35 each way, though you could save by taking Metlink on a ten trip ticket to Waikanae first ($19 from there each way). Ten trip fares are available for the Capital Connection too.

More information on the Capital Connection in the back corner of a website here:

And that number, so you know, is 0800 ARRIVAL.