It's such a nostalgic song depicting yesteryear and the days when the railway town was a refreshment stop for passenger trains on the main trunk line as they travelled up and down the North Island. For decades the uniformed 'girls' offered rows of pies, sandwiches and cakes, and steaming tea in thick railway cups which became one of the central rituals of New Zealand life.
In 1975 the tea room closed and today, the train no longer stops in the town. But it's a lovely journey by car and only 45 minutes from Mount Ruapehu and 1½ hours from Taupo.
Listen to the the song and you will forever have ingrained in your head the town of Taumarunui.
"Taumarunui, Taumarunui, Taumarunui on the main trunk line".
by Victoria Dawson - Forgotten World Adventures