Story: King Country places

Taumarunui on the main trunk line

Taumarunui was the archetypal railway town and was a refreshment stop for passenger trains on the main trunk line as they travelled up and down the North Island. This is the main street, Hakiaha Street (and State Highway 4), and the railway line in 1913, 10 years after the line reached the town. Listen to Peter Cape's 1950s folk song 'Taumarunui on the main trunk line'.

From June 2012 the passenger train between Auckland and Wellington no longer stopped in Taumarunui.

Sound file from New Zealand: Our land our music, disc 1, track 18. Courtesy of Kiwi Pacific Records International

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Kerryn Pollock, 'King Country places - Taumarunui', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/music/34806/taumarunui-on-the-main-trunk-line (accessed 22 July 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 30 Mar 2015