We travelled from Wellington to Hamilton during spring, and absolutely loved it. Our son is a train nut so he was champing at the bit to get on board for the early morning start. We had a booth for four with very comfortable seating and huge windows to drink in the passing views. There was plenty of storage and room to stay comfortable all day. A good variety of food was available, and very reasonably priced. The staff were probably the highlight of the trip - so friendly and willing to simply stop and have a chat, as well as being very attentive to the kids. The open-air car is a great feature and provides plenty of photo opportunities. There is also a lounge car which is a nice place to go and stretch out for a quiet nanna-nap mid journey (one doesn't want to wear oneself out so its important to rest !). We arrived on-time in Hamilton on time - the journey was a great start to our North Island trip.
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