The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 6 (October 1, 1928)
The following morning we set out on our way once more, this time for Napier. Dinner was partaken of at Wairoa, and our regret was that we had not more time to see the places of interest there. The business part of Wairoa faces the broad river of the same name. Twenty-five miles along the coast (northwards) is the deep water port of Waikokopu. Wairoa had high hopes of becoming a seaport and spent much money to bring it about, but to no purpose. The Public Works Department, page 43 therefore, made a branch railway along the beach to the nearest place where a harbour could be formed, with depth of water to suit ocean-going steamers. From Wairoa a road runs to Waikaremoana, a favourite tourist resort, and the site of a great hydro-electric scheme now under construction by the Public Works Department.
The difference between car and train travelling is vividly in evidence as we take our seats for the short run to Hastings. True the service car attendants are courteous and polite, but no motor car runs as smoothly as the railway train, and we settle back comfortably in our seat and say: “Well, after all you can't beat the railways.”
(The journey by rail from Hastings to Wellington is too well known to readers of the Magazine for description of it here. The traveller, however, has the choice of two routes, one via the Wairarapa, Rimutaka Incline and the Hutt Valley, and the alternative route via the Manawatu Gorge and the Manawatu district to the Capital City.)