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Wellington has the best working railway system in New Zealand (to compare: Christchurch has none). So if you plan a trip to the outer suburbs like Upper Hutt or even further out to Paraparaumu, consider taking the train. The railway station is conveniently located next to the Old Government Buildings in the Parliamentary Zone.
There are four major commuter lines, leading to Johnsonville, Paraparaumu, Melling, and through the Hutt Valley to the Wairarapa.
They also have ten trip passes and lower fares for trips outside the peak traffic times. But already normal travel is cheap. For example, downtown Wellington to Johnsonville costs $ 3.50 and 2.00 only off peak. To Paraparaumu it costs 9.00 or 6.50 off peak. To get to Masterton comes to $ 14.
If you go to a rugby game or a concert in the Westpac Stadium – Wellington’s “Cake Tin” next to the Railway Station – you get special fares on the day of the event upon presentation of the ticket. Special tickets also for groups and on weekends.
However, on the weekends the service - especially to the Wairarapa - is very poor. There are just two trips per day in each direction, one in the morning, one in the evening. So trips have to be well planned.
More info about the Tranzmetro network here
Update 23 August 2008
Like the bus fares, also the train fares go up on 1 September 2008. The lowest fare not at all, others 50 cents or 1 dollar.
Fare info here:
Phone: (0800) 801 700
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