The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 1 (May 1, 1930)
In reference to the new Auckland-Rotorua services, the Hon. W. B. Taverner, Minister of Railways, made an important statement indicating that special efforts have been made to popularise the train service between Auckland and Rotorua, by providing an exceptionally attractive through train service, running on a fast schedule and equipped with the most modern arrangements, including lounge cars with observation ends.
“This matter has been thoroughly investigated by the General Manager of Railways and his executive officers,” said Mr. Taverner, “and I had no hesitation in concluding from the information available that a ‘Limited’ express service was essential on the Auckland-Rotorua run.
“In order to provide this it has been found necessary to eliminate certain of the stops now made by the Rotorua expresses. By doing so we are able to introduce a ‘Limited’ train in both directions which will leave each terminal at 10.10 a.m., arriving at Auckland at 4 p.m., and at Rotorua at 4.15 p.m.—approximately six hours on the run in either direction.