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In the decades before air travel became more affordable for New Zealanders, long-distance bus services were an alternative way of travelling between the main centres. At the top end of the market was the Luxury Landlines coach company, which ran "the world's most luxurious motor coaches" between Wellington and Auckland.
As this announcer-voiced commercial explains, these buses featured bathrooms, complimentary meal service and "an attentive Landliner hostess."
The Luxury Landliner company was eventually sold to the Mt Cook travel group.
Image: Landliner coach travelling through Tongariro National Park with Mount Ruapehu in the background. Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs. Ref: WA-25745-F. Alexander Turnbull Library http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22917450
Catalogue Reference 36069
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