Bad start

Weekend Herald - - Viewpoints -

Pas­sen­ger travel from Auck­land to Welling­ton is ad­ver­tised fre­quently on TV as “a world class train jour­ney”. The scenery is cer­tainly world class and the trains them­selves are fine. But the Auck­land de­par­ture point is a plat­form with no shel­ter what­so­ever, no seat­ing and very hard to find.

De­spite the menu, the main food on board for the 12 hour jour­ney is meat pies in a sealed pa­per bag. Any­thing of higher qual­ity has run out long be­fore lunch time, let alone for an early din­ner be­fore ar­rival.

We hear about the need to of­fer over­seas tourists good ser­vices at cruise ter­mi­nals and at the air­port but once here many of them travel on this train.

Bruce An­der­son, St He­liers.

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