Te Huia service pulled out of Hamilton for the first time this morning.
It will be running twice each weekday morning, and back again in the late afternoon and evening.
The train starts at Frankton and stops at The Base and Huntly before arriving in Papakura in just over an hour and a half.
From there, commuters transfer to Auckland public transport to complete their journey.
Each of the two trains has four carriages which can carry up to 150 passengers.
The $90 million train service is a five-year trial and includes trips on selected Saturdays, which will be free for SuperGold cardholders.
It is estimated the trains will remove up to 73,000 return car trips between the two cities annually.
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