The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 12 (April 1, 1930)
The approach of Easter affords an opportunity for again drawing attention to the frequency of Holiday Excursion periods on the Railways, since to the Christmas and Easter holiday periods were added Holiday Excursion rates for all at the time of the School Autumn and Spring vacations. This gives, during the year, four times at which a general issue of Holiday Excursion tickets is available. There is thus an average of one week in six throughout the year when the ordinary rates of issue are replaced by excursion rates. Add to this the fact that on one day in every seven exceptionally low rates are available for day visits between most of the principal towns and their most convenient neighbouring resorts, and it will be seen how amply the requirements of travellers are now met in the matter of opportunities for low-fare travel. The increase in this class of traffic has helped to counteract the inevitable losses through the increased numbers of privatelyowned cars, and although it has given us a decreased return per passenger, it has supplied most encouraging proof of the favour in which rail travel is still held for mass passenger transport.