The Capital Connection The Capital Connection is a regional passenger commuter train service operating between Palmerston North, Shannon, Levin, Otaki and Wellington featuring air conditioned, centrally heated carriages with large panoramic windows and disable facilities. As this is a commuter rail service and reservations are not available. Waikanae railway station in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand is the terminal station on the Kapiti Line for Metlink's electric multiple unit commuter trains from Wellington. The railway is part of the North Island Main Trunk line that connects Wellington and Auckland. WRL Timetables updated: Buses replace some train services on the Wairarapa Line – 26 December 2019 to 5 January 2020 HVL Buses replace all train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt – 26 December 2019 to 5 January 2020 The Capital Connection is a commuter train taking passengers between Wellington and Palmerston North. The 2 hour journey runs once a day, departing Palmerston North at 6.15am, arriving in Wellington at 8.20am. The return journey from Wellington departs at 5.15pm arriving into Palmerston North at 7.20pm. The Capital Connection train operates between Wellington and Palmerston North Monday to Friday ; The Wairapapa Connection train operates between Wellington and Masterton seven days a week. There are no overnight regional or long distance passenger train services in New Zealand. The advantages of train travel in New Zealand are many: You can enjoy the unique New Zealand scenery, including some vistas inaccessible by car. You can bring large equipment, such as surfboards, mountain bikes, or gear that would be too big to place on a bus or in a small car. Trains offer daily service through many small towns.