Mid Winter Christmas Dinner.
Departing Feilding in our 1930s carriages hauled by a KiwiRail diesel locomotive, we travel to Palmerston North to pick up more passengers. Then we meander through the Manawatu Gorge, with all its spectacular scenery, to Woodville.
Leaving Woodville we make a right hand turn that takes us to Pahiatua and past the new Fonterra Dairy factory and on to the Pahiatua railway station. We travel on to Eketahuna and into northern Wairarapa, running through Mauriceville and entering the Wairarapa wine country.
Arriving at the From Masterton railway station you will be bused to the fabulous Copthorne Hotel where the dining room awaits, festooned with Christmas decorations, Christmas trees and Christmas music. You will almost be looking for Santa himself!
From the time of your arrival you will be able to take advantage of the comprehensive bar or indulge in wine tastings available at the stands of several winemakers who will show you what winemaking is all about.
Buffet Lunch opens at 1pm.
Fresh soup with bread rolls
From the carvery
Roast pork, crackling and apple sauce.
Whole roasted turkey with sage and onion stuffing and cranberry sauce
Oven roasted potatos with thyme and garlic, roasted pumpkin and kumara, steamed garden carrots and French beans, steamed cauliflower and broccoli, served with a terrine of mornay sauce.
Potato salad with red onion, dijon mustard and crème fraiche, mixed lettuce salad, Mediterranean salad with penne pasta, tomato, olives, artichoke and feta with herb dressing
Kiwifruit pavlova and cream, fresh fruit salad, steamed Christmas pudding with brandy custard, sherry trifle and chocolate mud cake with berry compote
Water on table, house bar open, and tea and coffee available
At 3.30 pm you will board your bus for return to the Masterton railway station where the train will be waiting to return you to Palmerston North and Feilding. This will be a licensed train and you will be able to purchase drinks on the way home.
This train is hauled by a KiwiRail diesel locomotive.