The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 7 (December 1, 1932)
The Cave Country, and the Stratford Line
The Cave Country, and the Stratford Line.
Taking the Main Trunk line for it again, there is the King Country for a holiday land, and specifically the limestone cave area, with Waitomo's glowworm cave of mystic loveliness as the culminating point of this subterranean fairyland. Further south there is a new route of travel this summer, the just-finished railway from Okahukura to Stratford, giving at last the long-needed connection between Auckland and Taranaki. A route of great possibilities, and of present special interest because it penetrates a bush country and a newly-broken area where all the pioneer stages of settlement are still to be witnessed at close quarters by the rail traveller. A vast amount could be written about this land of natural beauty and human endeavour; present space only allows of a suggestion that a run through the heart of North Taranaki by this route might very pleasurably vary the usual Auckland-Wellington trip by the Main Trunk.
The volcano region of the Tongariro National Park will attract many besides the confirmed mountain-scaler. There is much that is wonderful to see without undertaking any high climbs; and there is the December-January glory of wild flowers carpeting the sub-alpine slopes for miles.