The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 7 (December 1, 1932)
The East Coast Route
The East Coast Route.
The Bay of Plenty line, branching off from the Thames railway, is well worth a trial as a holiday run, and one can combine this tour with a look-in at Te Aroha, that pretty riverside Spa at the foot of its noble mountain. Tauranga, with its plenitude of trees and flowers, its pleasant sea-tempered climate, its atmosphere of history and adventure, is a convenient page 28 stop-over place; and on again there is the run along the coast and over the great reclaimed swamp of the Rangitaiki—now a wonderfully productive dairy farming land—to the rail terminus at Taneatua, close to the northern border of the Urewera Country.